"Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings... Their performances are hard to explain from a purely deliberate practice perspective. While it’s true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, such support is typically the result of a demonstrated “rage to learn" - excerpt from Scientific American
When I first became a coach it's because it felt so natural. I was the one who always gave the powerful insights and advice to others in my life. Coaching was what I was meant to do. I may not have been a prodigy but I'd go so far as saying I had the natural ability to become a great coach... and in many ways I'd say I was a really good coach right out of the starting gate.
AND I know now that there's a difference between someone who just goes on natural talent verses someone who takes the time to nurture their abilities.
See the difference between a naturally good violinist and a prodigy is this demonstrated "rage to learn".
It wasn't enough for me to be a really good coach. I knew that I needed to get to the point in my coaching where I knew without a doubt that if you sat down with me, something in your life would never be the same, some shift would happen that would give you chills.
Becoming a more skillful coach made it easy to build my practice and create abundance.
Mastering my craft allowed me to start charging more and more for those conversations.
And it only happened because I was willing to challenge myself past the edge of my own natural abilities. The prodigy becomes so because they are driven to know more and do more and immerse themselves in their passion until it fills every piece of their life. If you've ever seen a prodigy in action they practice and stretch the hell out of themselves each and every day.
They hire teachers and coaches and mentors, they read books or solve problems or sit for hours at the piano, pounding away at songs that can only be learned through repetition and focus.
We are all born talented.
We all have the ability to master anything we choose to.
Is it enough for you to be really good?
Or do you want to become an effing magician?