My last post mentioned the importance of long term, informed good habits in lieu of quick fixes and hyped up hustle. So how does someone attain excellence in anything? Well, in two words, practice and perseverance. This concept is nothing new. Business experts share research that indicate it takes 10,000 hours to perfect a trade, skill or command an area of expertise (think surgeon, olympian, successful businessleader). The reason we often like to listen to motivational speakers is because we wish their results could be more easily attainable with just high energy and hype. At the end of the day, folks that have achieved success in business, life, athletics or advocacy have done the work... in the spirit of focused work and endless hours. So the next time you enjoy a great motivational speech, remember its really about the effort and the enthusiasm combining to create a great end product. Good luck!