It turns out that being smart doesn’t matter much. It’s helpful, sure. But it’s not relevant when the only thing you have to do is be persistent for 40+ years.
Okay, not the only thing. But Daniel Pink makes a good argument for persistence trumping talent every time.
The key to outshining that moron two cubes over boils down to stubbornness and grinding. (Videogame disambiguation, not dancing at the club.)
First, we dive into mindset, and then we’ll journey through strategic actions.
Law 30 — Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
From Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, make a super-suave power play by making your efforts seem effortless.
It’s also one of the basic expectations of any performance. We’re impressed when the athlete does something, and you think, “I could do that if I tried.”
When something seems difficult to other people, they make excuses about why they couldn’t do what you did. You lose the opportunity to inspire. The magic of your performance shatters.
Law 30 also states that you must keep the extent of your skills secret. When people know all of your tricks, you aren’t impressive anymore. However, when they know 95% of your tricks, you get bonus points making you twice as unforgettable.
It’s also wise not to share that you’re reading Robert Greene because some people will start to worry that maybe you’re a psychopath with a Machiavellian bent on world domination.
Grant Cardone has a book called Be Obsessed or Be Average. That pretty much sums it up.
Excellence at anything is a Sisyphean task. You know that. It’s easy for me to write it, but regrettably difficult to execute.
One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t quit in the middle or worse, 5% from the end, is to take advantage of your personality’s addictive aspects.
Find obsession in the details of your area of expertise. Chase it like Pepe Le Pew follows that poor cat around — but try not to be so creepy about it.