The cost of an undisciplined approach to more is bigger than we think. Time and energy are our two biggest resources, but we constantly undervalue them. The time we invest into being good at one thing could be used to master our craft — bringing us to great.
What determines how far one will go in life? It’s a question that has been asked for ages, but it turns out that it has been answered numerous times already. Although it has come in many variants, the answer is conclusively related to one key trait: mental toughness.
The last Space Shuttle to be launched was the Atlantis, which went into orbit on 8 July 2011. During takeoff, the spacecraft burned 660,000 pounds of solid fuel per minute. Along with 17,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and 45,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen per minute, the launch consumed nearly as much energy as an individual would use in an entire year.
There are plenty of people who will tell you that you can have anything you want. And guess what?
They’re right. What they usually don’t mention is that there’s a catch to it: a hefty price tag accompanies your loftiest goals and wildest dreams.
All professional boxers know they’re going to get hit at some point. No matter how good they are, they’ll never be able to dodge every blow. That’s why they practice taking punches. You’ll see them strengthening their neck and other stabiliser muscles, practising how to roll with a punch and mastering positioning.