You’ll Never Have the Opportunity to Perform If You Don’t Practice

What we do behind closed doors, out of view of an audience, out of the spotlight is practice. What we do in public is performance. It's the realization of a creative vision. Vision emerges from practice.

A piece of writing starts as nothing more than a blank page, a spark of insight, and the diligence to put pen to paper, and make meaning out of madness, order out of anarchy. You carve and whittle. You write shitty first sentences and shitty first drafts. Eventually, you arrive at something that might be worth sharing and might be worth reading. A writer spends a year working on a book. A reader spends two days consuming it.

A musician rehearses for a concert for months. We don't see them work on riffs, measures, and the details that nobody will notice. Fans show up for one night.

We don't see the early days of most startups, those times when every conceivable metric says they should quit.

Actors, directors, writers and everybody else involved in a movie might spend six months filming it. But we spend 90 minutes watching. We never see the work that goes in, just the final product.

In every art form, we don't see the practice. We only see the performance.

But you'll never have the opportunity to perform if you don't put in the time to practice.

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