It is truly amazing how many different things in life there are to learn. One of my true passions in life is to spend many hours working on mastering a particular skill. I find something new and interesting and fully immerse myself into it.
When I was a child, I would watch and admire my dad, who in my mind, could literally do anything. Growing up I watched him master the guitar, be a table tennis champion, play snooker with professionals, build a thriving business starting with literally nothing (my parents were refugees from Cambodia and arrived in Canada with nothing but the clothes on their backs).
I believe that it was my dad’s influence that gave me this never quit and always persevere attitude. Those who know me know that once I find a new passion, I will do everything I can to master it. I will spend hours at a time working and practicing the new craft on a daily basis.
I believe one of the keys to living a wondering life is to continue to learn and grow by finding new passions and acquiring new skills. I find that too many people give up too early during the skills learning phase because things get difficult or they hit a plateau. I argue that the plateau is the best time to thrust forward and push harder than ever. Once you get over the hump, amazing things start to happen.
The book, Talent is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin helped me understand what it takes to become truly great at something. It helped me dispel previous myths I had in my mind about natural gifted people. Reading this book gave me even more confidence than ever that practice will usually trump natural ability…
My journey to acquire new skills and find new passions will be an everlasting one….