Learn How to Do Anything in a Year

via KarenX:

People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago.

Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.

This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.

When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.

Read more about her quest and her story and how it’s transforming her life.

I found it in my reader somehow (not sure how) and I was inspired. I believe she’s found and discovered something vital to being successful and she’s teaching others how to do the same.

What a gift.

If you want to learn something significant then go at it, hard. Document your experience. Set goals. Be your best and worst critic. This is part of the reason that I blog as much as I do about the things that I’m obsessed with as I want to be able to look back at the body of work and not only account for that time spent but see the process and journey that took me there.

The outcome will almost certainly never be what you had originally intended – it’ll be better.