Saturday Night Live recently mocked the entitlement paradigm with a bit called You Can Do Anything. It’s about a talk show where the guests are encouraged to do whatever they think they can do.
No matter how good they are.
No matter if they’ve ever done it before.
It doesn’t matter.
You can do anything!
You can do anything.
You may not do it well.
You may fall flat on your face.
You may fail.
With a little practice, you will surely get better at it.
With a lot of practice, you may even achieve some level of success.
But you won’t reach BIGG success. So “You Can Do Anything” is the worst advice you can ever receive.
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I wanted to be an astronaut. But math and science were not strength. My mom said to me, “Math and science are going to be really important if you want to be an astronaut.” That was really important to me. I realized how much work it was going to take for me to be an astronaut.
Look at American Idol. The people who reach the finals, and ultimately win, have spent years honing their craft. They may be young, but most of the time, they’ve been singing for ten or more years.
Now we’re all about positive thinking. But sometimes the best thing you can discover is what you can’t do.
I was a decent athlete in a much earlier era of my life. But the problem is I played all sports – football, basketball, baseball. Now, I was never going to be a great basketball player. But I could have been a much better baseball player if I had been forced to focus.
Look at Michael Jordan. In our opinion, he’s the greatest basketball player of all time. He’s also a pretty good golfer. But he tried baseball and didn’t make it.
Which raises the question – will you be content with success?
Or is it BIGG success you’re after?
We can only conclude the latter since you’re here with us.
So you’re a BIGG goal-getter.
To reach BIGG success, follow George Costanza’s example. Instead of following the advice we hear all the time – think “can” – do the opposite and think “can’t”.
That’s Step 1: to find your talent.
Sometimes it pays to think about you can’t do. Because you may find it easier to spot your shortcomings than your strengths. But you’re not going to stop there!
You’re going to quickly move to Step 2: Think the opposite. You’re not a detail person? Okay. Are you a BIGG picture thinker?
Not good at math? Are you good at English?
This is what you often see. There’s a yin and yang to talent. We tend to naturally fall into categories.
Discovering what you can’t do often helps you discover what you can do. And leads to BIGG success.
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