AFTER A GOLF MATCH that he did not win, in part due to a minor injury that adversely affected his game, golfer Tiger Woods was asked by a TV interviewer if he would go “rest up” for a few days.
Although he had completed the tournament round only minutes before, Woods responded by detailing his plan to practise certain shots that very afternoon, then fly the following morning to the site of the next tournament, acclimatize himself, do more drills, and play practice rounds.
He certainly didn’t acknowledge — In fact he didn’t seem to even hear — the broadcaster’s implication that he might take even the briefest break from his in-season routine.
No one is born with skill to do anything. People may have special aptitudes — some things may come to them relatively easily — but in order to excel, they still must practice.
This is true in all callings, whether you’re a leader of industry, a golfer, a parent, or a rockband drummer.
The most skillful are those who practise the most.
SOURCENOTE: Adapted from an article by Peter Hall, Business Advisor Network