What’s up Believe Nation. Today we’re going to give you some motivation so you can practice, practice, practice.
And as always, you know the drill, if you hear something that really resonates with you, leave it down in the comments, put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Enjoy.
You look for that thing that moves you. I don’t know what it is. I like repetition. There’s a saying goes, “Repetition keeps me green.”
I love that saying, because–
Charlie: Repetition keeps me green.
Keeps me green, fresh.
Because the idea that we do performances over and over again, you say, well doesn’t that get boring or stale, but no! It’s in the repetition that the creation comes, that the expression comes.
Because, I’ll give you an example. I was doing Richard, once, not particularly well, and the show is going on, and we couldn’t get this court scene with a lot of people in it. I didn’t understand what I was doing in the scene.
So we would call rehearsals, we’d rehearse it and stuff, and we would talk about it, think about it, you know, like all this kind of work were people together are trying to figure out something. The 85th performance of Richard, my 85th entrance, I knew the court scene. I understood it. I was there. I could play it.
“It’s in the repetition that the creation comes, that the expression comes.” – Al Pacino
Charlie: But not in 84.
Not in 84. I might have been getting close and didn’t realize it. I gave up the ghost, I guess. I just gave it up and said, “Oh, screw it. “It’s not going to happen. I’ll just keep going on.” And I found it.
I remain uninterested in that topic.
Charlie: Which one? The relation between gift and practice?
No, I’m uninterested in natural gifts. I know they exist and I know there’s such a thing as talent, I just feel like… And so what, right? Because there are people, and I always think of, you’re a basketball fan, I always think of Derrick Coleman.
“Give me somebody who wants to go to practice in the morning and who wants to try in games, and I’ll want to celebrate him.” – Malcolm Gladwell
I remember chatting with a guy who worked for the Sixers, and he said, “You have to understand “that Derrick Coleman was the most gifted man ever “to set foot on a basketball court.” He said, “You’ve heard a million other names, “nobody was as good as Derrick.”
And like, who has heard today, who thinks, who puts Derrick Coleman up there in the Pantheon? No one. He didn’t want to work. He had bad habits. He had a bad attitude. I mean, so what? Give me somebody who wants to go to practice in the morning and who wants to try in games, and I’ll want to celebrate him.
It wasn’t until I started my own team when I realized that there are people with incredible talent and no motivation. And then there are other people that are willing to work their ass off who don’t have a natural ability, but will become successful because they’re so determined.
And I saw it especially in a couple of guys that I first put on the Birdhouse team. Namely, Andrew Reynolds, Matt Beach. Matt Beach was, in my eyes, the most naturally talented skateboarder that I’ve ever seen. Everything came easy to him, and when I would request these guys to go on tour, all I ask of them is that they skate for exhibitions and whatnot. Matt wouldn’t skate half the time.
I flew him to Europe, I didn’t have any money then in our company, but I was flying these guys to Europe for competitions. He would go to the contest and not feel like skating. And I was like, how can you do that? Not just to me, but to yourself. You have this incredible talent and you just don’t care.
“There are other people that are willing to work their ass off who don’t have a natural ability, but will become successful because they’re so determined.” – Tony Hawk
And then I saw Andrew Reynolds, who was this scrappy little guy, not very clean in terms of his style, but trying some of the hardest stuff, taking the heaviest hits, but always skating his ass off and always trying, and he has become probably the most well-respected street skater today. Andrew Reynolds.
I mean, he formed Baker Brand, Deathwish Skateboards, the community of the most hardcore skaters these days call him the boss. Because he developed his style. Because he worked his ass off. And he’s the shining example of hard work.
People have asked me that over the years, you know, how do I curl the ball, or how do I bend the ball, and it’s something that just happened. It’s not something that I thought, OK, I want to bend the ball better than anyone else, so I’m going to kick the ball in this certain way.
“Unless you practice, you’re never going to get better at something.” – David Beckham
I just worked on my striking of the ball. I just practiced every day. It’s something that I’ve done from a very young age. Even after every training session I take balls on my own and just curl and kick and try and find new ways of getting the ball in the net without anyone touching it, and I’ve been lucky enough to have done that over the years with the way I kick the ball, and I know that it’s a unique style, I know it’s a unique style just because my back hurts a little bit more than it did when I was 15 years old, but no, it’s something I practice, of course, that’s one thing I tell kids. Unless you practice, you’re never going to get better at something.
You have to practice over the years. I wasn’t great in the beginning. I was aiight. And then I got cool. And then I got good. Then I got better. And then I got great.
Those are steps to becoming great that a lot of people ain’t willin to take those steps. It takes ten years at something, continuously, to become great at it.
And I stuck with it for ten years straight before I had a record deal, before I had money, before I had lights and camera, before I had, you know, people wanting to sit down and interview me.
“You have to practice over the years. I wasn’t great in the beginning. I was alright. And then I got cool. And then I got good. Then I got better. And then I got great.” – Snoop Dogg
I need to practice. Member before the day comes, you got to practice. You cannot be standing at the free throw line playing professional basketball in the seventh game of the NBA Championship and hope right then you’re going to be practiced. Practice is too late.
“Everything you want is going to entail a good bit of practice.” – Tai Lopez
Larry Bird, the great basketball player, he used to shoot, whatever, a thousand free throws, eight in the morning. My friend Don Ravine trains a lot of other pro basketball players.
LeBron James, he trains. He trains Durant. Kobe. Chris Paul. And he says, these guys are up when everybody else is sleeping. They’re practicing. So, everything you want is going to entail a good bit of practice.
I always believe that natural talent can take you so far, but I think you need to have the work ethic and the drive to achieve your potential.
I’d say my natural talent probably brought me 50% of the way, but then after that it was all down to the work that I’ve done and the volume of work that I’ve done over the last 15 years when I really started to take golf seriously and thought about making this a career.
Interviewer: Whenever you talk about ethics and integrity in the Indian context, the two companies that come to mind are, one is Akartasans, and the other is Wipro. What is so special about these two companies that has been imbibed in these organizations? How is it done?
Very simple, it’s done by practice. There’s no other way you imbibe things in an organize… It is practice. Integrity is practice, leadership is practice, innovation is practice, it’s all practice. You’ve got to figure out what you want your company to be and what you consider as non-compromisable, not negotiable, and then set those out and keep them as simple as possible and keep them as few as possible, and practice them. And practice them every day, every hour, every minute and have zero exception to them.
“There’s no other way you imbibe things in an organize… It is practice. Integrity is practice, leadership is practice, innovation is practice, it’s all practice. ” – Azim Premji
Sir Alex Ferguson
The advice I give to any young kid is, anyone can play a game of football. Anyone. But practice makes you a real footballer. You see games in a Sunday, pub games, oh, love a game of football. The real players practice after they go back home. I remember being once in Glasglow many, many years ago and Gary Player was the guest–
Male Voice: The golfer?
“The real players practice after they go back home.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
Yeah, the golfer. And they asked him the question, “Why do you keep practicin’ from the bunker?” Because he was famous for the bunker. He says, “Well, I know I’m going to be in the bunker “at one time in a game, maybe twice in a game, “and I’ve got to put in a hole. “That’s why I practice and practice and practice.” That’s a great example of what you have to do to be a top player.
Announcer: The Bulls can win it right here. The Bulls can win it. Unbelievable! 13 seconds left. Jordan, left side.
I practice as if I’m playing in a game so when the moment comes in the game, it’s not new to me. That’s the beauty of the game of basketball. That’s the reason why you practice. That’s the effort. So when you get to that moment, you don’t have to think. Instinctively things happen.
Announcer: Jordan a try. Aims. Fires. Scores! The Bulls lead 87-86! Michael Jordan with 45 points.
I think it was a very defining moment of what my career was in Chicago.
Announcer: The Chicago Bulls have won their sixth NBA championship!
Announcer: And that’s the last image of Michael Jordan. How magnificent is it.
“I practice as if I’m playing in a game so when the moment comes in the game, it’s not new to me. ” – Michael Jordan
Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed. I love to know, what did you think?
What did you take from this?
Are you going to work harder?
Are you going to practice more?
Are you going to hustle more?
Leave in the comments below, what was your favorite clip, and what did you learn from it that you’re going to immediately apply to your business or life? Leave it in the comments, I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Himanshu Premi, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word and making that awesome YouTube video around it as well. I really really really really appreciate it.
Himanshu Premi: I encourage everyone to read this book, because this book has actually helped me to find my one word, and I’m 100% sure that it’ll definitely help you to find your one word.
So thank you guys again for watching, I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon. (swooshing)
Interviewer: BB, do you still practice?
Yes. Yes I do. Not nearly enough, but I play every night practically, at least four, five nights a week. And I practice, but my practicin’, it’s not what it should be. Other words, to really just get down and play the scales and something once or twice a week.
But by me playing every night, usually, I’m always running into something, or accidentally falling into something that I hadn’t heard before, then you go back and look for it later on.
Interviewer: When you do practice, what do you work on? Do you have any specific exercise, or–
My exercises usually, it’s the scales, mostly. Mostly that, then just all over the neck of the guitar. Because if I keep doing it, I usually will hear And you start to playing with a little.
You know, you keep hearing, and then you hear things that you can play with.
Interviewer: Sure. Yeah.
You know, something like that.
Interviewer: That’s great. That’s great.
And that’s what I keep doing until my fingers say stop.
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