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In the article What it takes to Be Great Geoffrey Colvin makes the argument you will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years And not just any hard work but work of a particular type thats demanding and painful He explains that anyone can become great and no one is born with a giftfor a specific profession Colvin uses many examples to support his statement such as Tiger Woods a golf champion Winston Churchill a great orator and Michael Jordan a basketball playerTheyhaveproved that the ten year rule deliberate practice and aiming to get better has helped themachieve greatness Colvin Tiger Woods at 18 months was encouraged to play golf by his father By the time he was 18 years old he became the youngest winner ever of the US Amateur Championships Winston Churchill spent hours rehearsing his speeches and became one of the 20th centurys greatest orators Michael Jordan was kicked off his high school team because he wasnt good enough to play After training intensively he became one of the best basketball playersThere are many others that have achieved greatness through this practice such as Usher Sirena Williams Thomas Edison and Diane WarrenI believe perfecting your performance by a continuance of practice results in a huge improvement to greatnessWe are like play dough We can mold ourselves into greatness through years of deliberate practice activity thats explicitly intended to improve performance that reaches for objectives just beyond ones level of competence provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition with the ultimate goal of extending our abilities to improveUsher worked really hard tobe what he is today He has won 17 Billboard Awards 8 Soul Train Awards 5 Grammys and more but it was not easy Usher began singing at 6 years old in a youth choir at St Elmos Missionary Baptist Church Jonnetta Patton his choir director and motherencouraged him to practice and enrolled
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