Have you ever given a high-stakes speech or presentation?
A friend of mine is extremely talented in public speaking. He can walk in a room, flash a dazzling smile, and launch into his speech that’s full of humour, fun stories, and eye-opening insights.
It looks so natural and easy for him.
Except it isn’t.
He’s spent thousands of hours learning how to speak in public. How to invite the audience to go on a journey that changes the way they think.
Even more difficult, he had to put himself out there in a very personal way. He had to tell thousands of jokes that bombed, in order to find the ones that worked.
He had to be willing to accept all the criticisms that come with sharing his unique take and personality. To take a leap instead of playing it safe.
Next time you see someone do something extraordinary, instead of thinking “they’re so talented,” think of how persistent and hardworking they must have been to get to this point.
Now that you know it’s not just about talent, what skills would you like to be remarkable at?
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