As a little kid you had no idea how to tie a shoelace. Now you’re the shoelace master.
You didn’t become a black belt shoelace master because it all suddenly clicked one day. It didn’t happen because you journeyed into the mountains and found your inner shoelace-tying force that had been in you all along. You got there by doing a shitty job of tying your shoelaces, day after day, until you weren’t shitty at tying shoelaces any more. Quantity breeds quality. Practise is all there is.
No one is a natural born talent. Maybe some kids crushed you at sports, because they loved sports and put hour after hour into playing them. But maybe they couldn’t write or draw like you. Or maybe you crushed them at maths or science. But only because you spent hour after hour doing what you most loved to do. You didn’t even need to think about it; you just did it.
As a matter of fact, you probably didn’t even think at all while you were doing it. You were so immersed in what you were doing that all you experienced was absolute flow.
To be successful at something you don’t necessarily have to love it. It can earn you a wage. But to be wildly successful at something, you need to be obsessed. It has to be that work you’d do even if you don’t make a penny from it. Because sometimes, well, you might not make a penny from it. There needs to be more motivation to do it than just the money. It needs to be your addiction.
Your obsession for that one thing you love to do will be the fuel that makes you ridiculously good at it. Obsession is a gift – don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong. It’s your mind’s way of telling you that, hey, this is the path you should take. This is what you’re supposed to do with your life. This is the one thing that you could do hour after hour every day of your life.
That’s where the quantity is. That’s the one thing you’d be willing to practise over and over until you’re up there in the elite at what you do. There is no talent; only practise. It’s just a numbers game.
Massive quantity will breed massive quality. That’s all there is to it.