Everybody talks about hard work, intelligence, and doing the right thing. But behind all those traits is consistency.
Consistency is the ability to perform at the same level again and again and be at your best when you best is needed.
Consistency makes you the most reliable of the bunch even if you fail over and over again. Past successes make you trustworthy.
In order to achieve consistency, you have to play in your expertise every day. Whether you’re a writer, painter, artist, athlete, YOU CAN’T SKIP A CHANCE TO PRACTICE, EXECUTE, AND SHIP.
Note though that with consistency comes the possibility of burnout. That’s why you must continue to evolve the love you have for what you do.
There will come the day when you slow down and retire, whether it’s because of age, performance, or other priorities. It’s ok to pack up the bags and end on a high note.
If you leave the world with something special, you’ll be enshrined forever.