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Karate class
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I’ve been a lot of things in my life (musician, writer, entrepreneur, martial artist, etc), but success at any of them was never easy. Before being a martial artist I was a musician, and nothing would make me angrier than when someone said I had talent. That may sound odd to some, but talent refers to someone having natural ability. In other words, a person with talent could practically roll out of bed and do a great job. In contrast, to spend hours a day, for years at a time, working to improve upon something, only to have it chalked up to talent, could be really galling. However, I understood what they meant, though it was misidentified. They admired the result of all that time and effort honing my craft through the only real means of mastery: repetition.
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