Actually it’s not difficult to get good in most skills. Including in-demand, high profit skills like copywriting, social media advertising, PPC, creative design, email marketing, SEO, content marketing, project management, etc.
If you just set aside a few months, immerse yourself fully to learn the fundamentals and the latest techniques, obsessively practice them, you’ll get pretty good in any of those skills.
From good to great, it’ll take years.That’s usually what trips people up.
First of all, most people don’t immerse themselves and apply deliberate practice on skills they claim they want to master. They just pick things up in a random, by-the-way manner. So it takes much longer time than necessary. And for those who have picked up some skills to be decent, they tend to think they’re already great… so they stop improving and get distracted by other things. That’s why there are lots with shallow skills, some with decent skills, a few with good skills… and only a small number with great skills. That’s why the great ones can get outsized rewards…
Because they’re much more in-demand and there are much less competition. If people understand this, they’ll put in a different level of effort in what they do. If they clearly see that being focused and getting great in a highly valuable skill will have direct link to the level of success in their lives, they’ll likely do things differently. But that’s usually also another part of the success paradox…
When things are so clearly laid out and stated that everyone can see the value, they tend to become less valuable overtime… Because the clearer the value of something and how to get it, more people will go after it, which leads to it having lots of competition and becoming a commodity… and having less value. In life, you can do really well in a relatively short period of time if you understand the game and what to focus on.
Most play small games… cos they look flashy and lots of people promote and hype up those games. Lesser can see the bigger game. Even lesser can see it and willing to put in the time and effort to go after it. Getting decent in a skill is a basic requirement.
Getting good is pretty easy.
Getting great is where the biggest rewards are.