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Tim Kolodziej

June 20, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: It’s summer, so rise and grind before you shine

NEW CASTLE — “People think I’m a good writer but I’m not. I’m an editor. I keep shining the rough stuff. Then I pretend I wrote it in an hour.” — Donald Miller

I love that quote on so many levels.

Know why?

Because I wrote the previous two-word sentence at least four times. Didn’t get it right the first three times. And I’m still not sure if I like it.

But I’ll roll with it. At some point we have to. At some point we just have to let go and trust our hard work.

If you’re like me, you love to do a lot of things. And if you’re like me, you struggle to do a lot of things.

It’s all rough stuff for all of us.

Yet somehow, some way, it sparkles and shines when the spotlight comes on.

Welcome to the human race.

You’re unlike anyone else on this planet. But we’re so much alike it’s scary.

“Talent is determined far less by our genes and far more by our actions.” — Daniel Coyle

Where will you be six months from now?

It depends on what you do today.

It really does.

Every day we make deposits into our talent bank. The more we invest, the more we have to draw upon as our challenges loom larger.

Do you want to become excellent at your sport or vocation or hobby?

I’ve got just one word for you: practice.

There’s no other way.

For those who are eager to slip on the pads and hit someone, I’ve got some bad news. There’s still two months to go before the football season starts.

But that’s good news for you, too. That means you still have 60 daily deposits to drop into your talent account.

That can be a nice chunk of change if you’re a disciplined investor.

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