W.I.N. Wednesday: Can we all be world class?
During an interview about his new book Creative Calling, Chase Jarvis was asked, “Can everyone become World Class at something?” His answer was “No”. He went on to explain that he considers ‘World Class’ to be the top one percent in any field. He explained that he believes everyone can get very good at something they care about, if they tap into their creativity and are willing to build the habit of doing the daily work required.
I completely agree with Chase’s answer. If we can agree that World Class refers to the top one percent of people in a given field, then it is impossible for everyone to be at that level. “World Class” in most fields is also very subjective and very difficult to measure. Can you get really good at a pursuit that is important to you? Yes, if, you are willing to put in the work. Can you get to World Class? Perhaps, if you are willing to put in the work.
The full title of Chase Jarvis’ book is, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life. I believe the concept of Daily Practice is crucial in the pursuit of excellence.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” So, what are you doing every day to create habits that support your pursuit of excellence?
In his blog posts author James Clear shares “3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question”. One of the 3 ideas he shared in his September 19, 2019 post was:
Most people need consistency more than they need intensity.
-run a marathon
-write a book in 30 days
-silent meditation retreat
-don't miss a workout for 2 years
-write every week
Intensity makes a good story. Consistency makes progress.
What’s Important Now? Focus on consistency, create productive habits, do the work, make progress, reflect, assess and repeat. You may just become World Class as part of that journey.
P.S. After listening to the interview I bought Creative Calling and it is now at the top of my Kindle stack. I have also listened to a few interviews Chase Jarvis conducted for Chase Jarvis Live. I am impressed with his thought process regarding creativity and look forward to learning more from him.
Maximizing human potential through Life's Most Powerful Question - What's Important Now?
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