Last week I played golf with three CEOs who were attending my private HP FORUM. They flew in early so we could play a round of golf on the spectacular course where I hosted the event.
It was the second time I have played golf in three years.
After the first tee shot I found myself having to explain (justify) why high-achieving entrepreneurs suck at golf. (Excuse? Yep, but true!)
Here is a little secret (or stark reality) about the uber-achievers you see on the cover of SUCCESS magazine… or on the gold medal platform at the Olympics … or holding up the Vince Lombardi trophy … or collecting the Nobel Prize … or becoming a world-renown surgeon, artist, writer, musician, or one who “dents the universe”:
They are world-class at (only) a few things rather than trying to be good at many things.
The key here is this: What are you willing to give up to get what you REALLY want?
For instance, in my obsessive pursuit to be extraordinary at my Vital Few things, I have given up:
- Television – what new shows are hot and popular
- News – the latest breaking news from “The Situation Room”
- Sports – knowing who has been traded where
- Music – knowing what new artist is hot and filling up my iTunes library
- Body building – I used to be 220 lbs. with 6% body fat; that extra 20 lbs. of muscle takes a lot more time
- Surfing – I live on the ocean in San Diego, but don’t surf
- Mechanics – besides a pen and a fork in my hand, I’m dangerous
- Being “in the know” – latest apps, tech gizmos, cars, this season’s fashion, politics, celebrity gossip, sports scores, etc.
And I am rather mediocre at tennis, fishing, hiking, biking, photography, cooking, skiing, swimming, running, singing, dancing, golf… and so much more.
Not that there is anything wrong with the above activities. These are just the choices I have made—to give up or sacrifice to mediocrity in order for me to focus on the Vital Few I want to be world-class at, which is mentoring, writing, and speaking.
To have time and energy for my Vital Few I have also given up:
- Toxic people (even relatives)
- Needless meetings, calls, and other distractions
- Childhood baggage
- Other people’s problems, complaints, and negativity
- Other people’s opinions of me
- And so much more!
What are you willing to give up so you can be world-class at the few things that are really important to you? Tell us in the comments below.
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