When No One Is Looking

One topic I have been focusing on over the past few weeks is, what it takes to be great.  The small daily tasks that it takes.  The decisions.  The determination.  The discipline.  What you are doing after hours.  When no one is looking.  Greatness is created in the moments when others don't see you.

It is funny how our society looks at people who have achieved any level of success and automatically assume, that they were "lucky."  Trust me, they were not "lucky."  There was an insane amount of minutes, hours, days, months and years that was spent perfecting their craft.  Most over night successes take 10 years.  

The G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time), his Airness, the one and only, Michael Jordan.  I LOVE this commercial.  In such a simplistic way, Michael apologizes to the public.  He expresses that because of his hard work, maybe he made it look to easy.  That others think that you just wake up one day and become Michael Jordan.  No, he WORKED to be the greatest of all time.  Countless hours in the gym, hours of studying film, education, nutrition, it was his obsession to be the greatest basketball player in history.  Most know the story that Michael was cut from his high school basketball team.  He had a gift but quickly learned that he would need to work hard at it to achieve his dream of making it to the NBA.  

At one point in high school, I was the number one distance runner.  I was not use to this position.  When I first joined the team, I was one of the worst distance runners.  Sports had not always been my forte.  But I worked hard.  One day I turned around and my name was always in the top three.  One specific meet I remember running the mile in 4:46.  That was unheard of for me.  Some would tell me, "Oh you were just born to run distance.  It comes easy to you."  No, it didn't.  It was the hardest I had worked in my life up to that point.  I was the first one at practice and the last one out.  Even after official meets, after running several legs and events, I went into the school's weight room and continued to work.  

Be so great that you make it look easy to others.  Those hours that you spend working on your passion and goals, it will show up one day.  Then they will refer to you as an "overnight success."