Master Your Craft | A Lesson from Cory Morrow

My wife and I were invited to attend the 70th Anniversary of Wholesale Electric; a family owned business located in Houston, Texas. The evening included crawfish, fried catfish, potatoes, corn, and beer. Performing at the party was Texas's own Cory Morrow. Watching Cory and his band play a 2 hour, non-stop set, made me think about mastering my craft.

In Malcom Gladwell's book Outliers, he states that anyone can master a skill with 10,000 hours of practice. It is often said, "time on task over time" will equal a desired outcome. When I look at my coaching practice since 2010, I've booked over 10,000 hours in coaching sessions with business owners. When a coaching client says that I taught a particular script with ease, or I make a skill like time management seem so easy, what they are really experiencing is the result of working on a skill with over 10,000 hours of practice.

Are you a new business owner? If so, give yourself time. Often times when speaking with...

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Effort Counts Twice - A Gritty Conversation JPW Business Consulting LLC

I went back to read Angela Duckworth's, GRIT The Power of Passion and Perseverance on the topic of EFFORT. I agree with Angela that effort must be accounted for twice in our life as we move towards achievement/mastery. The formula is simple:

Talent x Effort = Skill

Skill x Effort = Achievement

See those that reach talent don't reach achievement/mastery on talent or skill alone. People reach achievement/mastery only when effort is applied not once, and applied twice in the equation.

So let's look at this in action in the life of a chef. The chef may have some natural talent and schooling to create an edible dish. At the beginning, this requires an intense amount of effort to craft the skills needed to create dishes that will attract new clients to the restaurant. If the chef stops here, he/she would fail. Having the skill alone will not set them on a path of achievement. The chef, now having a skill, needs to reapply effort to the equation, in other words, refine/perfect their...

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