Practice

Practice

“You have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light.” – Kobe Bryant

An obvious observation in the context of professional sports, not so obvious in every other facet of life (but still true). 

The rules in life are looser in definition than the NBA, which is why the practice metaphor often gets lost. 

But the thread of truth is this: expecting to excel in anything without consistent practice is the easiest way to lose. 

“We win games in practice. We learn and follow the fundamentals of our game better than anyone. All of our games are won in practice.” — Vince Lombardi

Learning is like climbing an infinite ladder.

We're conditioned to think of a single percentage point as an almost non-consequential gain. In conventional wisdom investing, 1% would be laughed at.

How long it takes to learn something is a better proxy for how valuable something is than how long it takes to do something.

It's comforting to think that hitting a certain target or achieving a definable milestone will bring us lasting comfort.

If you make $10,000 or $1,000,000 and spend 100% of it, the outcome is the same.

An abundance of connectivity means you’re only ever a second away from another opinion.

Expecting to excel in anything without consistent practice is the easiest way to lose.