Awesome Is Boring

Do you want to be awesome? You have to be really, really boring.

When you look at someone who is awesome, you don’t see how boring it must have been to get there. Your favourite basketball player does hundreds and thousands of extra shots to become awesome. One shot at a basket, retrieve the ball, get ready, take a shot. Over and over again. That person isn’t watching TV; they aren’t being entertained, they aren’t checking their phone. They are practicing basketball. One shot at a basket, retrieve the ball, get ready, take a shot.

Most often we just want the awesome. We want the game-winning shot at the last second. We want to hoisted onto our teammate’s shoulders in front of the nation. Those moments aren’t boring at all. They are the moments that make the stories. But these are small moments compared to the boring repetition that made it possible to take the game-winning shot.

If you want to be awesome, be boring. Repeat the hard things over and over. Be consistent. Practice. You will be awesome because it is unique to focus on the boring. People will notice. Just keep on working on what other people won’t, and you will be awesome. If you do it right, you will be awesome because you helped someone.