The ONE Way You Can Get Good at Anything

Last Update: July 30, 2015

People say this all the time.

“I want success now. I want to earn $500 in the next 30 days!

However, one thing that I rarely hear in the online world by newcomers and even some folks that think they are seasoned marketers is...

“I want to become great at _________”.

People want the money, but what they don’t understand that in order to achieve success you need to become great at something. In fact, just one thing. It can be anything.

You could become an expert at the “hula hoop” and be very successful, or in the case of what we are talking about, you could become great at ONE thing online and be very, very successful.

I guess that leaves the question, how do you become great at something?

Before I answer the question, I want to give you a few examples of experts.

Michael Jordan.

Richard Branson.

Bobby Fisher.

What do you think these people did to become an expert? What was one common thing that ALL of them did to get to their level of expertise and their greatness?

Got an answer?

Here it goes...


Yeah, that is it. To become great at something, you practice that one thing...regardless of what it is. You practice until you go blue in the face. Yeah, might seem a little crazy but when you enjoy what you are doing (back to that “passion” thing again), it doesn't feel like an arduous task to become good at it.

Michael Jordan practised to the point where hitting a shot did not take thought, it was second nature. This allowed him to think and see other things that he wouldn’t have seen if he had not developed this expertise.

Richard Branson practised business and become very good at it in creating his Virgin brand. He became an expert not overnight, but through years and years of tireless practice until his decision making on the “right” decisions in business became second nature.

Bobby Fisher became the most prolific chess player through his expertise in making the right moves. Was he psychic? No, he developed an innate ability to predict the other players moves because he had “seen it all” through practice.

In fact, in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he explains that the “elite performers” all had something in common, regardless of their trade. An expert violinist or an expert journalist all had either put 10 years or 10,000 hours into something to achieve greatness.

Here is a popular quote from the book:

““The emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything,” writes the neurologist Daniel Levitin.”

Really, when it comes down to it ANYONE can be great at ANYTHING. If this doesn’t excite you, I know what will.

Becoming an expert online means a big business. This year marks my 11th year within the online world. I have lived and breathed Internet Business for the last 11 years. Am I an expert?

Probably at some things, definitely not even close to everything. In fact, I know a fraction of what there is to know online and that is fine with me. You only have to be great at ONE thing to achieve great success.

Remember that the next time you tell yourself you can’t be good at this. Remember that the next time you attempt to try to become great a bunch of different things.

Yes, maybe we will not all be able to play basketball like Michael Jordan and maybe we will not all be the next artist with the skills of a Picasso, but I can assure you we can get pretty damn close.

Your path to expertise starts here, it starts today. Focus on doing ONE thing great. You will surprise yourself and it will be much quicker than the 10 years before people start calling you an expert.

Before your become great, you must become good. Good can take you a long way in business as well!

What facet of the Internet are you going to carve out as your place to become an “expert”?

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2VETS Premium
This post is on point. Reminds me of a blog a wrote the other day. You can read it here When we focus and take action you can be great at something! Great post!
Magieken Premium
Ooops, I think I am a Jack. I started a new website and have neglected everything else. My bad :-). The good news is a couple of my posts on that website are on page one of Google.
2VETS Premium
Great! Keep up the great work. You are a Jack of all trades ?
Magieken Premium
Not sure about being a being a Jack of all trades, more like a glutton for punishment I think.
MsMerry Premium
Margaret that is so awesome! Good on you!
Magieken Premium
Thanks. I was surprised but delighted.
WDunham Premium
i feel I am good in the way I write, but I want to get better, I want to be able to influence people in a good way.

Whether its through showing them how they can get better, or through helping them get motivated.

I just want to improve my writing to help people understand things better.

I have a lot in my head, I just have a really hard time relaying those messages to my audience effectively.
Laurie-ann Premium
I have one thing I want to be great in...
Being a SUCCESS!
On my own, make enough money to tell my ex to stop taking me to court and to shove his money where the sun doesn't shine. Help my son pay for his schooling. I am / and have been working round the clock trying to get these sites up and established enough to start making money. I want to be successful!

Here are my sites ( I welcome any pointers) (this one is just starting out)

Take care
ksholloman Premium
You're off to a good start! Your top link has driven more traffic in a shorter amount of time than mine has :)
Laurie-ann Premium
Thank you :) I spend hours and hours everyday working on my 2 sites, and also researching other blogs just trying to keep up. lol
ksholloman Premium
That's great! Look for my second one soon. Going to be a dad blog! About being the only guy of the house, surrounded by 5 women and a female dog :)
PKama Premium
I have wanted be great in a lot of things but never really want to spend the time to practice most of them. At this stage of the game I know I have yo be very good at one thing in order to be successful with this online business. I have to be very good at blogging. The difference now from before is that this time around, I am very committed to spending the time to practice. So, watch out Michael

Good Luck Everyone
JoyS7 Premium
Awesome post! I've always believed this, but never could figure out what I wanted to be great at. I have always been able to come up with a hobby and get pretty good at it only to lose interest and want to move on to something else. Affiliate marketing always seemed like the one thing I was truly passionate about, but coming up with a niche was my downfall...until I realized that affiliate marketing/creating an online business itself was IT. (I've never claimed to be very quick. LoL) That being said...I want to be GREAT at providing entertaining, informative, and encouraging content to others interested in creating online business opportunities from.