Why are some people more successful than others?
As it turns out talent has very little to do if you will become successful or not. Yes, there are many
“natural” talents that end up successful in their field but there are also numerous examples of
incredible talents that don’t succeed and “untalented” people who end up very successful.
Is there a genetic factor that plays a role if you become successful or not?
To some extent, this may be true. I mean if you want to become a professional basketball player there
is an advantage if you are tall, but it is not a determining factor. Again, If we search for shortest
players in the NBA we find examples of numerous players ranging from 5 ft 3 in (160 cm) to 5 ft 9 in
So, what is it then that separates the successful from the common man?
A very successful coach expressed like this: “At some point it comes down to who can handle the
boredom of training every day, doing the same things over and over and over”. Everybody can
exercise and put in the work when they feel like it and are motivated. The difference then comes
down to that successful people still find a way to show up consistently despite the feelings of
Mastery requires practice – but the more you practice something, the more “boring” and routine it
I think we all have experienced this perhaps without reflecting on what is actually happening. You hit
the gym a few days in a row or you publish blog posts for a couple of days. Then let one day slip
doesn’t feel like much.
The greatest threat to our success is not failure but boredom. Perhaps this is why it is so common to
jump from one workout to the next, one diet to the next, one business idea to the next. As soon as
we experience a dip in motivation, we begin seeking a new strategy – even if the old one is still
It doesn’t matter what you are trying to become better at if you only do the work when you feel like
it then you will never be consistent enough to achieve remarkable results.
A first step to “ease” the feeling of boredom is to create supporting new habits. This is actually easier
than you might think if you just now how a habit is formed and how you create supporting habits and
break bad ones. For this topic, I highly recommend James Clear´s excellent book “Atomic Habits”. But
even with great habits, there will be days when you feel like quitting.
When you start an online business there will be days you feel like don’t showing up (trust me I know). When you are at the gym there will be sets that you don’t feel like finishing, but stepping when it is painful and draining that is what separates the successful from the mediocre.
The only way to become excellent is to be endlessly fascinated by doing the same thing over and
You have to fall in love with boredom.
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