I am aware that the title of this piece makes a Bold Claim.

Fear not, it shall deliver.

Whatever you are talking about, whether it be: creating a piece of art, building a global community, mastering a disparate skill, learning a language, cultivating a loving relationship, raising a child, healing one of the world’s ills, or learning how to ride a stunt goat, the underlying principles are the same.  Common threads run thru all these things, and many more.

In this post, I’ll show you what they are…


Let’s get real for a moment.

‘Talent’ by itself is worth next to nothing.  There are talented people living on the street and eating out of garbage cans right now.  The same is true for passion.  You can be as passionate as you want about something, until it is time to pay rent.

Talent and passion are dwarfed into extinction, beaten hogwild, and trumped beyond measure every single time by doing The Work.

What does ‘doing The Work’ mean?

It means: giving the thing of your choice, your focus, and your love, over time.

Now let me be really, really clear  When I say Focus I mean: one-pointed quality attention.  You can *work* at something for 24 hours a day but, if your mind is forever wandering wandering wandering, all that time spent will probably amount to a big fat nada.  Focus means giving whatever you are doing your best energy, your absolute best self.  And, as well as your focus…

You have to Love whatever it is that you are doing.  You must love it so hard that fetishing it daily, coming back again, and again, and again to pour your very life into it, is a joyous act for you.  Simply wanting the end result does not cut it.  You have to love the process of the work.  Without this love it would be very hard, if not impossible to sustain something over…


Things grow organically.  It is a law of nature.  Before you plant the seed, the soil must be prepared.  When the seed has been planted it must be tended and watered daily.  If the fruit is not eaten it will go to waste.  Some of these things can be sped up, others cannot be rushed.

Which brings us to an important point.

I don’t believe ‘you can become great at absolutely everything’, and I don’t believe ‘you can have it all’.  Focus and time are finite resources.  ‘Selection’ (meaning: making the core choices about where to spend your time and energy) is an art.  If you are truly focusing on one thing then you are, by definition, cutting off everything else.  Therefore: the amount of things you can build, create, and master are also finite.

This is not a bad thing.

Why?  Because with this realization comes the knowledge that: decisions must be taken and sacrifices must be made in terms of where you spend your time.  There is freedom, joy, and liberation in the making of these choices.

You don’t have to take my word for it, try it for yourself.  Choose your work.  Fetish it with your focus and love over time.

See what happens.

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116 thoughts on “ How to do… ANYTHING ”

  1. How true!! Glad you liked my haiku. Even though my book of poetry was published last spring, I never tried haiku until about a month or so ago. What surprises me is its popularity. Whenever I post one on my blog, I get responses. Maybe I should keep it up at least once a week.


  2. Reblogged this and commented:
    People who have done something in life have done it merely by putting their heart into what they do. They love it and think about it 24×7. They are ready with solutions before problems show up. End result, they reach where they wanted to and very likely, beyond!


  3. Every day for many years I had the priviledge of taching 5 fith grade English classes. I loved it. I got to retire when I turned fifty and have a very busy life. However, it wasn’t until I started my blog last August that I truly realized my passion for the first time. I know now I will not stop writing until there is no breath left in my body. Great post!!


  4. Reblogged this and commented:
    An awesome point of view about realizing your real passion, definitely a must read!


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