I was inspired by Tyler Cohen’s piece about practice. I believe that the difference between successful salespeople, leaders, writers, runners – basically anyone – is treating that endeavor like a craft. And the key way to improve your craft is through practice. So, here’s how I practice the various things that I want to be great at:
- I write my “morning pages” every morning. Three longhand pages in the morning about whatever topic I want. This is relatively new and has been very helpful for me.
- I read every single day. People ask me when I find the time. Time is all around us: 20 minutes before bed, 4 minutes while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew, in the bathroom. Whenever you can find it.
- I take notes. A lot of notes. I have notebooks filled with notes from meetings, thoughts, notes from books I’ve read or podcasts listened to. I regularly go back for content ideas.
- I surround myself with inspiration. This can be in the form of books, music, podcasts. I heavily weight my consumption to people and ideas that will inspire me to do great work and be a better person. These are “virtual mentors” of mine.
- Because of this, I rarely watch the news or get caught up in the daily hoopla about whatever Trump tweeted. We only have so much energy to give each day.
- I regularly engage with people that are smarter, better, more successful than I am.
- I move my body every day. Could be a run, lifting weights, yoga, playing tennis or just stretching. It doesn’t really matter – it all feels good.
- I rarely watch television.
- I walk to and from work each day. This is about 40 total minutes between the two where I either call one of my parents or spend time letting my mind wander.
- I teach. The most obvious form of this is in my job as a sales leader. In another way, I am often taking apart things I’ve read or heard and sharing them on the podcast or blog.
LeBron is probably in the gym now. Warren Buffet is probably nose-deep in a book. The next musical genius has been practicing their scales since 7 am today.
How are you training to be your best?