An ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching. – Mohandas Gandhi
It is easy to admire a person with great talent, skill or high level of intelligence. Oftentimes, we call them gifted or special. We like to praise and celebrate their works and achievements.
An example of a man with great talent and skill that is widely celebrated is Manny Pacquiao – PACMAN. If you are a sport enthusiast, especially the sport of boxing, you may know him very well.
Here’s a brief story about Manny Pacquiao – PACMAN:
Pacman is a Filipino professional boxer and currently the number one pound-for-pound boxer of the world. He’s been called as the “Fighter of the Decade” and has been consistently called as the “Fighter of the Year”. He is the first eight-division world champion, having won six world titles, and first to win lineal championship in four different weight classes. In the field of professional boxing, Manny Pacquiao’s boxing skills and accomplishments are indeed one of a kind.
I’m not a boxing sport enthusiast but I know Pacman for two reasons. First is because I’m a Filipino and whenever he wins his boxing championship titles, my whole country celebrates it with pride, oftentimes called as “Filipino pride”. And each time he has a fight, our country becomes so peaceful because most people stays at home watching his fight. Second is because, although I’m not watching his fights, I admire this person not because of his boxing skills, but of his attitudes towards his craft. I even wrote a blog article about his success attitudes, you may read it here: http://lifetofullest.com/manny-pacman-pacquiao/
The important attitude I admire from this man is his determination. Pacman’s boxing success came from his painstaking hard work, discipline and diligence to practice months before his fights. A famous motto he often says is this,
“If there’s no pain, there’s no gain.”
Practice Don’t Make Things Perfect, It Makes it Permanent
One of the secret component of Manny Pacquiao’s excellent boxing skill, as well as all the other skillful and talented people, is determination to habitually practice in order to develop and improve skills.
If you practice hard, you can win every battle. – Manny Pacquiao
Practice does not make things perfect, but it makes it permanent. Perfection and excellence is very hard to attain, but if we practice, which means we continually do a certain act or if it’s done in a habitual manner, we will be able to improve and attain excellence at some point. This is why it takes time, such as years of experience, before one reaches mastery. And once you reach this point, mastery, the skill and talent you tried to develop and practice for some time becomes a permanent part of who you are. It’s like you can’t imagine living without it and it doesn’t need much effort for you to be able to do it.
Practice Makes a Winner
Seldom winners are born, oftentimes, they are made.
In any sport competition, athletes spend long hours, days, weeks or months of practice to develop and improve their skills. The harder they practice, the better chance of winning.
Life is a lot like sport, if you want to win and succeed in anything, you need to have discipline and perseverance to practice. Continuously improve your skills relevant to your goals.
Practice is applicable to any kind of goals or crafts. May it be as huge as becoming the next President of a country or become a millionaire/ billionaire. On the other hand, it may be as simple as being a great wife, mother, friend, daughter and attaining happiness.
There are no dumb or incompetent people, just people who are not willing to practice. They use their incompetence or lack of ability as an excuse to hide their laziness.
Be aware that the more you lack ability at something crucial to your goals, the more you need to develop and practice it, especially if it is necessary to your growth and success.
For a final note, let me leave you with this phrase to ponder,
I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. – Michael Jordan