I used to play the drums when I was in high school. Although it was fun to sit at my drum set and play, I was never very good. What held me back was my unwillingness to put in the disciplined practice to master the fundamentals and hone my skills. Eventually, I gave up the drums to pursue other interests. Looking back, I wish I would have stuck with it and been disciplined in my practice.
Since I’m familiar with drumming, I’m always interested in watching really good drummers perform. Earlier this week, I came across a video of a performance by Neal Peart, the drummer for the band Rush.
This guy is awesome! When I first saw the video, I was amazed at how easy Neal made playing the drums look. As I continued watching, it became apparent that he has also spent thousands of hours mastering his craft. He was obviously both willing and disciplined to pay the price to achieve mastery. His performance was a striking example of what the results of discipline look like.
Is there a craft or skill that you want to master or hone? If so, realize that it will take time and effort. However, most important, if it’s something you really want, commit yourself to its disciplined pursuit. Be willing to put in the time required. Neal Peat didn’t become an excellent drummer in a single day. Neither will you achieve mastery of your craft in a single day either. Like most things that are worthwhile, it will take time.
Be willing to put in the time.