How To Become Better Than Anyone At Anything

by Kenny Eller on March 8, 2011

Michael Jordan in High School

I believe everyone, that includes you, would like to be really good at whatever it is they chose to do on a daily basis.  I’d go one step further to say that everyone, still including you, wants to be better than anyone else that is doing what they do.

It’s human nature to want to succeed.  It’s part of our make-up to desire greatness.  Being the best is intertwined throughout the fiber of our being.

So why aren’t you better than anyone at anything?

Big question right?  It’s a query that you may or may not have asked yourself in quite some time.

The reason why you aren’t better than everyone at what you’re doing is complicated and yet quite simple.  The root of the problem is found in the beginning.  It’s found at inception.  No, not when you were born, but rather when you began pouring your life into whatever it is that you do.  Today we will jump in the DeLorean and go back to the beginning where the answer to the BIG question most likely will be found.

Why You Do What You Do

What was your decisioning process when you began your journey?  What checklist was involved when you began the task that will consume more hours of your life than most anything else?  I’m talking about your job, the responsibility that pays.

Did you show up day one because it was the realization of a life long dream?

Or did it go more like this?

Graduate high school or college + need a job + who will hire me + they said yes = My Job.

The above equation is unfortunately all too true for the majority of people.

That’s the issue.

You Gotta LOVE it!!!!!

If you want to be the best, if you want to be better than anyone at anything, at the core you must love what you’re doing.  You must be passionate about your task.

This is the simple part of the “being better than anyone at anything” formula that most of us screw up.

Why Michael Jordan IS the Greatest Basketball Player Ever!

There are buckets full of reasons Michael Jordan is the greatest hoopster to ever play.  Though all of the reasons wouldn’t matter if at inception he made an error.

It isn’t the only reason, but the KEY reason Michael Jordan is the greatest is because he LOVES the game of basketball.

That’s why MJ could be found just last month practicing with his team, the Charlotte Bobcats, at the age of 48.

That’s also why when he played he had a “love of the game” clause in his NBA contract which allowed him to play basketball anytime, anywhere, with anyone, in the off season.

He loved what he did and even if the NBA were to shut its doors you could still find Mike Jordan shooting a ball on some court somewhere.

How To Become Better Than Anyone At Anything (Step 1)

  1. Love What You Do!

A Fighting Chance

If you don’t take care of step one, you will never have a fighting chance to be the Michael Jordan of what you’re doing.

You may, through calendars of hard work be able to do very well, but you’ll never truly achieve what you’re capable of without being passionate about it.

What To Do Next

Be as honest with yourself as possible and figure out if you made an error at the beginning, at step 1.

If you did, I’m not saying quit what you’re doing immediately, but at least begin to pursue something on the side that you would do even if money didn’t exist.

Do that and one day the World may just be calling others the [Insert Your Name] of what they’re doing!

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Kasper Medicis March 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Great read!

I didn’t know about the “love of the game” clause… Nice!
As always, when MJ hit the court you heard about a potential come back…

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Thank you! Yeah, I’m pretty sure he’s the first to ever have a clause like that in his contract.

Yeah, there were some rumors floating around about a comeback at 50. You never know with MJ:) I tend to think he is just conditioning himself for me! 😀

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Ben Larkin March 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for the post, I tell my members all the time you have to Love what you do, or you wont improve. Great blog!

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Thanks Ben! I really appreciate it!

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Kasper Medicis March 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

you betcha

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