Practice makes perfect.
Surely you have heard this adage many times, but there have been studies to verify the truth of the matter.
For example, Malcolm Gladwell’s study, Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown & Co., 2008) found that it takes about 10 years, or 10,000 hours, of practice to attain true expertise. If you want to perfect your writing, that’s a lot of writing!
Here’s a testimonial that it actually works:
Jeffrey Gitomer, a sales trainer with a bald head and a bold YES! attitude, attributes his success to writing.
“WRITE EVERY DAY. Writing leads to wealth. Not money, wealth. Every penny I have earned since March 23, 1992, I can trace back to something I wrote. But MUCH MORE than money, I have gained reputation, recognition, and rewards that have enhanced my success all the way to fulfillment. And I promise that writing every day will do the same for you.”
I subscribe to his Sales Caffeine email blast, which comes every Tuesday morning and always contains something positive you can use in your career, whether that is in sales or engineering or whatever you do. It’s the kick in the pants you need to propel you forward with a smile on your face and a belief in your heart that what you do is important. You can sign up for his e-newsletter at:
Jeffrey writes the way he speaks, with a no-holds-barred approach. Nothing flowery or intellectual, but he tells it like it is and provides encouragement to help you to do the same.
After writing articles for about a decade for various magazines, I have finally become a master, even though my degree is in Chemistry, not English. And the thing is, writing every day is addicting! I’m so glad I can write these Tips of the Day to express myself, help others, and gain a following in cyberspace. In fact, this week I am fixin’ to reach 100,000 hits on my WordPress blog, where I store my Tips of the Day for posterity!
That would never have happened if I didn’t make it a point to write every day. So just set aside a few minutes each day to log what you did that day, capture a few ideas, daydream, or rant. With enough practice, you too can become a master writer and attain the wealth and recognition you deserve.
Profound Quote of the Day:
“You are what you practice most.”
– Richard Carlson, psychotherapist and author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff .. and It’s All Small Stuff, 1961-2006