The more I go through life, the more I’m struck by the power of the learning curve.
Put in plain words, things are difficult at first but eventually, with practice, they become easier. Or to put it another way: We stink at anything we start to learn, but we invariably get better if we stick to it with purpose.
While genius surely exists, a lot of amazing people get that way by picking a learning curve and climbing the hell out of it with persistent practice and repetition.
The genius, more often than not, lies in the ability to stick to something long enough to become really really good at it. The point at which something becomes excessively difficult or boring or meaningless is precisely the point which separates the everyday from the exceptional.
And the funny thing is that the point at which most people will give up something is already quite hard to reach. But if you have gotten that far, the incremental improvement needed is very little because all you have to do at that point is to become a little bit better – and you find yourself in a field of your own.