This summer we bought our 3 sons Rip-Stiks.

(If you don’t know, these are two-wheeled pivoting death traps for uncoordinated adults… but they are pretty cool).

After observing for a few days, I thought, “I got this…”

I bought an adult-sized Rip-Stik and strode to the basketball court.

After a few shaky sessions hanging on to the chain link fence (for dear life) I started to get the hang of it.

A few hours later and I could ride all over the court without falling.

Clearly, I’m not a “master” at this device but I’m not afraid of it anymore.

It was fun, exciting, and I learned something new.

When was the last time you learned something new? Riding a bike, swimming, martial arts, skiing, snow boarding, roller blading, cooking, salsa dancing, a new language…

What was that like?

Did you notice you weren’t instantly awesome? Did you notice you had to work at it for a bit?

Last week I watched “The King” – a documentary about famed bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman.

He started competing at the highest level in 1993, and won his first Olympia at 1998.

Do you know how much time and effort goes into competitive fitness? Every rep, every bit of food, ever step of cardio…

It’s unfathomable.

And it took him years and years and years. And years. Years…

If you’re like me, you spend some amount of time thinking to yourself, “why am I not awesome at [XYZ] yet??” Blogging. Marketing. Sales calls. Podcasting. Whatever.

I don’t know. Give it a minute. A month. Years of effort.

Stick with it and you’ll find yourself as a mythical “overnight success” … 10 years in the making.

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