“Run Like Roger, Music by Mozart”
Everyone knows the musical genius and prodigy Mozart.; who composed and performed by the age of six! That’s keen!
Less well known is the Mozart who invested thousands and thousands of hours of focused practice starting at age three. Three!
What we don’t pay attention to is that this genius lay not just in talent but also in effort.
Talent took him far; but hard work and focused – almost fanatical – practice took him a lot further. In fact, you could say it multiplied his talent.
As you know, Roger Bannister was another focused individual who did the unthinkable for his time. Running his four minute mile.
Less well known is the Bannister who succeeded in breaking the barrier for many reasons other than his running talent. What we don’t pay attention to is the fact that he carefully, planned, plotted, and set his goals to break this barrier.
He measured his stride. He knew exactly how many strides he would need to take to run a quarter mile, half mile, three quarters of a mile, and then the full mile.
Then he posted four men who paced him: one paced him for the first 440 yards, another for the second 440, a third for the third 440, and the fourth for the final 440 yards.
Fact is, yes, he was a superbly amazing and conditioned athlete, however, he may have not broken the barrier had he not planned the performance detail by detail.
Talent took him far; but hard work and focused – almost fanatical – training (and planning) took him a lot further. In fact, you could say it multiplied his talent.
To succeed at anything, it takes planning and work, and working the plan.
Henry Ford puts it like this: “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success”.
It is true, the only time “success” comes before “work”, is in the dictionary…
Doing things extraordinarily will only amount to extraordinary results.
What do you think? Do you think working hard (and smart) is important to get the desired result?