I can run, but I can’t dance. I can speak, but I can’t sing. I can write, but I can’t paint. As individuals, we have things we can do, and things we can’t. And we all do some things better than others. That’s normal. But if you want to be your best, give your best, and live your best, you must come to this realization. You can’t be the best at everything.
Our lives have great impact when we are at our best. But those who are known for being the best aren’t worried about being the best at everything. The world-class swimmer Michael Phelps might be able to swim faster than I can run, but we don’t expect him to also be the best tennis player, accountant, or astrophysicist.
In all of history, nobody has become famous for being average. Mohammed Ali isn’t renowned for being an alright boxer. No one would consider Lance Armstong a decent cyclist. And the Navy SEALS aren’t adequate soldiers. People don’t become known for being tolerable at something. They become known because they are the indisputable best.
What these people had in common is that they focused on what they were really, really good at. And then pushed themselves to the maximum. The same principles we use to be the best at one thing are what we use to do our best in anything. And when we are the best at one thing, we tend to do our best in everything.
Through focus, we learn how.
The Best Know How to Focus
“”Focus on what you do well, and capitalize on that.”
Every human has a limited supply of two things, time and energy. If we were to take the entirety of our time and energy and disseminate it over every task and occasion that lies before us, we would yield very poor results.
Excellence requires focus. And focus means becoming absorbed with some things and not others. Without focus, any movement you make is useless. For it has no direction. Chasing everything that comes your way will eventually lead to zero engagement at all. You’ll spread yourself too thin.
So if you want to be your best, become adamant about maximizing your potential. This also means maximizing your effort. In other words, be efficient with your time and energy. While the world is concerned about improving their weaknesses, you concern yourself with improving your strengths. In doing so, you will begin to stand out.
And standing out from the rest is the first step to becoming the best.
The Best Know What to Focus On
Focusing on everything is the same as focusing on nothing.
Passions are what makes us come alive. Those are the things you could talk about for hours, things you can never get enough of. Passions motivate us and drive us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. They also set us apart. The passionate person is going to innovate, persist, and love a task. On the other hand, a passive person will accomplish the same task with disengagement, laziness, and negligence.
Skills are developed through opportunities. Anytime you are trained on something, or learn something new, you have developed a skill. The more you use that skill, the more adept you will become. The key is to practice the skills you want to have. Ask yourself, what are the skills I want to possess to increase my capacity? What are the skills I need to be the best?
Limitations present themselves all the time. They are the antithesis of ability. If you cannot do a task, you are limited. Some limitations are meant to be overcome. But some are only meant to be realized.
In order to find what you can be the best at, think about your individual passions, skills, and limitations.
- Step 1. Search out and harness your passions.
- Step 2. Pinpoint and practice desirable skills.
- Step 3. Acknowledge and overcome your limitations.
It is then that you will be able to move forward with becoming the best.
The Best Know Why They Focus
“Focus can bring energy and power to almost anything.”
Everyone has the potential for being known as the best at something. Only most never realize it because they’re trapped focusing on too many things or haven’t realized their passions, skills, and limitations.
When I’ve observed the people around me, I’ve noticed that some people are just known for certain things. They are known for being the best at that those things. There are a few reasons why.
- They become skilled through much practice at it.
- They never stop perfecting it because they are passionate about it.
- They have realized their limits and either overcame them or compensated by leveraging other people’s strengths.
Combining these three elements, along with an opportunity for communication from some type of platform, results in a person being known for what they do. And once a person is known for being the best at a certain thing, it is only a natural step for them to be known in general.
Being the best and doing your best will lead to the influence of others. But you can’t be the best at everything. So choose your thing. And run hard.