How to Be Awesome

Introduction: How to Be Awesome

Develop a talent. Whatever your talent is, pursue it. People who become "awesome" at what they do invest a lot of time into getting there. Who ever said that being awesome was easy?Some theories say that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice before you can truly master something. Now, that's a lot of hours, and it's totally possible to have an awesome talent before even 1,000 hours of practice. But the people who really have amazing, awe-inspiring talent — Bill Gates, Mozart, Kobe Bryant — spent a lot of time preparing to be awesome.While you're practicing your talent, find ways to motivate yourself. Break your goal down into small chunks. Reward yourself with free time, a snack, or that new video game after you've achieved what you wanted to achieve.

Step 1:

Show off your talent. You could be the most amazing dancer or writer in the world, but you won't inspire awe in people if they never see your talent. Being awesome, by definition, means putting yourself out there, no matter how scary that is.Start small. Once in a blue moon, people will start developing a talent and have instant success. For us mortals, it usually takes a while for that talent to develop. So start small. Work yourself up to greatness.At the same time, think of the "biggest stage" your talent can be showcased in. Magicians want to pack auditoriums in Vegas. Singers want to have a #1 Billboard single. Soccer players want to win a World Cup. Don't be afraid to dream big when practicing your talent. That's part of what keeps you going.

Step 2:

Get feedback. Whether it's from a coach, a parent, or a panel, getting advice on what you can do to get better at your talent is absolutely essential. A famous poet once said, "No man is an island." What John Donne meant by that is that you need to rely on other people to help you out. You can't do everything by yourself.Always ask other experts in related fields how you can get better. Your desire to be awesome is directly related to your willingness to develop your talent into the best it can be. Ask other magicians for help; reach out to actors for techniques; attend basketball camps to develop your skills.

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    6 years ago on Step 2

    Excellent meta-instructable.

    The idea that we are able to grow by doing what we love and through conscious practice was illustrated in a book called "Mindset" by Carol Dweck. The gist of it is that if you strive and try to improve, you will. If you face criticism and failure as opportunities to learn, you will go far.

    The "fixed mindset" labors under the illusion that we are natural-born talents at some things and natural-born failures at some things. In short, we are born with it. The "growth mindset" operates with an understanding that skills are earned through work.

    Another quick point is that in many kinds of practice disciplines, at some point it will be important to focus on the results you are getting. With technique, the body can do lots of great micro-calibrations if the mind is focused on the final musical phrases or where the ball is going rather than trying to micro-manage every aspect of body position/motion.