People who are exceptional in their craft are not normal people. I will define the word ‘EXCEPTIONAL’ in a minute. Your default state is not exceptional but average and mediocre. This is because of what is modeled around you all day in your environment.
Exceptional means unusual, uncommon, unexpected, great. The reason why a lot of people are card carrying members of the ‘AVERAGE PEOPLES’ party is because it requires no effort or unusual work. By committing to being exceptional you’ve signed up to doing things average people won’t do.
Michael Phelps is the most decorated olympian with 28 medals didn’t become exceptional by sitting down and wishing, he did it by practicing 7 days a week for 5 years before the Rio olympics, that is exceptional. He knows that, if you sweat in the dark you will shine when the lights come on you.
You don’t need natural skills to be exceptional you need: focus, grit, and a compelling reason to make things happen.
If you can’t naturally speak well in public you can learn it, if you can’t write you can learn it, if you can’t parent or lead you can also learn it. The illiterate of this world are those who can’t learn because knowledge is so ubiquitous these days.
Be willing to put in more work than the next person: make more sales calls, get to work earlier than your peers, out-read your peers, send out more proposals, and care more for people.
Wake up one hour or thirty minutes earlier than others so that before they wake, you will have already put in one hour of work..
It is exceptional because most people will not put in the effort and extra that the forces of exceptional performance and delivery require for our to open the vault of fame and fortune.
commit to greatness in your craft and the world will make a beaten path to your door step.