Ever hear the expression; “I’m a jack of all trades”? I cringe whenever I hear someone bragging about knowing everything. It’s obvious they’re not committed to excellence.
Being the jack of all trades is precisely the problem with the way most people attack their professions. They feel as though they have to know everything about everything related to their job. What ends up happening is that they become their own worst enemy. They are good at lots of things but have mastered none, and therefore never come close to reaching their full earnings or happiness potential. These people do 10,000 things 10 times.
On the other hand, the most highly successful people in any profession master the fundamentals. They focus their attention on doing the dozen or so core fundamentals 10,000 times. They master the core of their vocation that makes them exceed what would be considered the peak for most.
The best strategy for you is to go out and study the most successful leaders in your chosen field, and find out exactly what they are continually focusing on and mastering. There’s usually between 10 and 20 core strategies that, when mastered, sky-rocket their results.
The best part of is, their success is completely duplicatable. Learn from their mistakes. Learn their success strategies. Cut down the learning curve. Master what they continue focus on day-in and day-out.
Michael Jordan said it best when he talked about mastering the fundamentals being the secret to his success. Dribbling the ball on every square foot of the court, shooting tens of thousands of free throws, lay-ups, and jump shot from the exact spot every time. Everything begins with the fundamentals and branches out from there.
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