“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” – Michael Jordan
You can apply the game to basketball to almost anything else in life. It just comes to doing all the basic stuff right. Once you got the basics down, you got a solid foundation to build on. By practicing the fundamentals daily you will get better and then can expand on those skills.
Rather it’s speaking, creating or publishing, or just trying something new, things won’t always work out. It’s the act of doing these things and learning from the mistakes while getting things done that makes us better. Going through this process regularly is called practice.
There will be times where we create things that will not be noticed, and that’s ok. The thing is, we keep creating and with each new project we get better and better. The practice is what’s going to help us get better.
As a photographer and a writer, the way I practice is to write or take photos daily. By doing this over time I have noticed that my skills have gotten sharper. Things that were once more challenging for me became easier. It gave me more confidence in the content that I shared along with better quality. The foundation has been set and the things pertaining to my crafts steadily improved. Now, 13 years in, I see growth simply from consistently practicing.
How Jordan Applied Practice To His Career
When it came to basketball Jordan became better at playing than anyone else by becoming better at practicing than everyone else. If we as creatives apply that same mentality to whatever we do we can be like those we envy in our industry. By practicing and focusing on being good at what we do, we can be great.
“Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it… that usually got me going again.”
Jordan became better at his craft by first becoming better at practicing than everyone else. He used the fear of failing to push him to the next level. Whenever you think about giving up you should press on. You never know what’s waiting around the corner.
This week, let’s learn to appreciate practicing and the foundation it creates for the good things to come.