The secret of greatness is simply doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Does that sound so simple? Well, It is the nature of all success principles to be overly simplistic . That is what makes them so true and yet hard to accept .
Greatness is not something that is exclusively preserved for a selected few, but for all those who are willing to pay the price of greatness. The willingness to pay such price is the distinguishing factor between winners and losers in all fields of endeavors.
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According to Vincent Van Gogh “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” This view is supported by recent scientific studies that studied many great men and women to find out what it takes to be great.
Geoffrey Colvin, a senior editor for Fortune magazine reported, based on the findings that “the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work.”
The point, is that the evidence does not support the notion that excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts.
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So what makes for excellence? The studies point to two major things. Work and practice. This truth is more evident in athletics. Every great athletes throughout history, became great by being committed to continues practices and hardwork.
Tiger Woods, for instance, seems to have suddenly shot to fame at age 18 when he became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship. Few people realise that by that age he had at least 15 years experience and practice playing golf.
People hate the idea that if they found their talent and worked at it they too would becomes great and famous . The idea that only a few are gifted and can attain greatness is a big cushion for them to fall on and comfort themselves.
These are the thinking of failures. Never fall into such trap of mediocrity. Whatever anyone have done, you can also do, so long as you are willing to do what they did.
Greatness , is the ability to be all that you can possibly be and bring out the very best in yourself consistently to such an extent that you make a lasting impact in the lives of other people .
Arthur G. Keough held this view when he said “Greatness is not standing above our fellows and ordering them around, it is standing with them and helping them to be all they can be.”
There are billions of energies lying untapped within us and we can achieve whatever we want if we learn to use them all. The potential in every man is such that it cannot be utilised to its full extent without bringing about greatness.
Therefore, for you to become great , simply work towards fulfilling your fullest potential by performing your simple tasks excellently. Seek to always grow beyond your present barriers and limits and you will inevitably become great.
Meet the challenges you face fearlessly and live through life with passion and a quest for excellence.According to William H. Halsey “There aren’t any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men are forced to meet.”
Also, in his book Good to Great, Jim Collins stated that “those who strive to turn good to great find the process no more painful or exhausting than those who settle for just letting things wallow along in mind-numbing mediocrity.”
It takes no more effort and energy to be great than to be mediocre. It is the application of that effort and energy that matters. You can channel it into more productive pursuits and use of your time or channel it into non-progressive endeavors.
Simple things like reading, working consistently and practice will make all the difference and help you attain greatness in whatever you choose to do. Nothing happens by chance.
In the words of Geoffrey Colvin: “Maybe we can’t expect most people to achieve greatness. It’s just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn’t reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone. “
No one is destined to be a failure or live a life of mediocrity. If you are born poor it’s not your fault,but if you remain poor, it’s totally your fault. Do your ordinary task in an extraordinary manner and you are sure to become great.