Hone Your Craft before You Lose It

“If you don’t use it, you lose it.” – Unknown

I recently had a conversation with an employee of an employment placement company.  This company specializes in putting people to work in the job that they are looking for. We struck up a conversation about resumes and I mentioned in my previous life, I could put together a great resume for anyone that would grab them a job. The only problem with now is that I haven’t done it in over a decade. The old adage “if you don’t use it, you lose it” rings true in this situation because now I couldn’t get myself an amazing job with my resume.

It is no different in the current climate that you are in. If you don’t use the skills and the abilities that you have honed, you will lose it.  Just like in typing. If I only typed every few months or years, I wouldn’t be able to get over the 30 WPM mark. However, now that I type often, I can break 70 WPM pretty easily.  Another example would be in playing the piano. If I only played once a year, I wouldn’t be a very good pianist. However, if I honed that skill and practiced daily, I would be able to play a pretty good piece of music.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers that it takes over “10,000 hours to perfect to achieve mastery in a field.” Most people want to see great success after working five minutes in a field. I love how Dave Ramsey puts it when he talks on the radio, “It took me 15 years of hard work to become an overnight success.”  If you hone your craft, perfect what you do, and make strides in becoming better every day, you are sure to be successful.

What are you doing today to hone your craft?


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