One Apple A Day #657 – love boredom1 min read

Mastery requires practice. 

I know that, if there is something on which every master or big achiever agrees is that if you want to get to excellence, you must practice.

I also wrote about it many times.

I think I got the concept, but I also know that knowing what to do and doing what I know is not the same thing.

In this case, the barrier between the knowing and the doing has a name; boredom.

“The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom.” — James Clear

The more you practice something, the more you get better at it. But also the more tedious and routine it becomes. At the beginning everything is exciting, every time I practice, I learn new things. Improvements are visible, and they motivate me to go on. But sooner or later, the day by day improvements become less evident, routine replaces the excitement, and slowly my interest starts fading away. That’s when I start looking around for some novelty and my journey to mastery crumbles. Even if it is working and I am making progress.

“Men desire novelty to such an extent that those who are doing well wish for a change as much as those who are doing badly.” — Machiavelli

I’d love to say that there is a strategy to avoid that, but so far, I have found nothing but learning to fall in love with boredom.

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