The Olympics were on in the TV in the background. My daughter was working on a painting project in the adjacent room.
“Can I play in the Olympics when I get older?” she asked.
The answer came pretty easy. Just moments before, one of the winners shared the secret to his success in an interview.
He said he loved what he was doing. He loved waking up early. He loved the practices. He loved the hard work that went into getting better each day and staying so good that he remained one of the best in the world.
The same goes for anything in life.
Yes, you can be the best in the world. All it takes is years and years of hard work.
I haven’t watched much of the Olympics, but the few backstories of the athletes I have seen show them competing professionally as children. They stuck with it, put close to 10,000 hours of practice in, and got to the world stage.
What I find interesting, though, is what came first.
They loved what they were doing so much, that they worked harder than everyone else to be the best in the world.