|Posted by Leo on March 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM|
Wayne Gretzky needs no long introduction. He is the most well-known ice hockey player of all time and one of the absolute best that there has ever been.
But how did he make that happen? Here are three of Gretzky’s tips that may give some insight into his phenomenal success.
1. Remember to have fun.
“The only way a kid is going to practice is if it’s total fun for him… and it was for me.”
I think this is a step that many of us have a big problem with. Or just forget about. Especially as we grow older.
Because when you find something you really love to do it doesn’t seem like work that much anymore.
When you do something you love you don’t have to push yourself so much. You keep going because you like doing it, not just because your want to reach some goal (although that can be exciting too). Taking action also becomes natural when you doing something you really want to do. A lot of the time you can’t wait to get going with it.
2. Practise, practise, practise today.
“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
Anyone who is really, really great at something has put in a huge amount of practice. More practice than most people are willing to put in. A big part of that of course comes from having fun with what you are doing.
But another – perhaps not as exciting – part is simply to have the self-discipline to not procrastinate and not bury yourself deep in a hole of boredom and inaction. Because some days are just rough or you have tough time getting started.
3. Take the chances you get.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
It’s easy to find a million excuses to not take a chance. To not take a risk. But as Gretzky points out, if you don’t take it then there is absolutely no way of succeeding. If you give it a shot there is always a chance that you might make it, even if the odds suck and you don’t even believe in it yourself. If you do that enough times then you will most likely have some success.
And succeeding is great. But just doing something and trying is great too. Because sometimes you will succeed. And the other times you can learn valuable lessons that will improve your skills and understanding and make it more likely that you will succeed the next time.
That’s what all the most successful people throughout history have done. They have failed more than most people and thereby learned more and in the end they have had a lot more success.