Putting Money In The Bank
Jun 28, 2011
The 2008 Beijing Olympics were awesome. Usain Bolt, Team USA basketball, Phelps, Walsh & May volleyball. I was glued to the TV every night for a week.
The most memorable moment for me, however, was Michael Phelp's 100m butterfly. Phelps came back from a huge deficit (he was in 7th place at the half-way point) to overtake Milorad Cavic in a thrilling finish.
Phelps won by 1/100th of a second.
When asked about his success in a later interview, Phelps said:
When we train everyday, sometimes there are workouts you don't like, don't want to do. Bob says you're putting money in the bank.
I guess I put a lot of money in the bank over the last four years, and we withdrew pretty much every penny in the bank. After Bob and I both grab a little break, it'll be time to start depositing.
For most people, success in life requires hard work and dedication. We don't wake up and become programming superstars or master pianists overnight. Even Maclcolm Gladwell, in his book "Outliers", said it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in a field.
But putting in the hours, doing drills, and practicing is simply not fun sometimes. There are many days I would rather flip on the TV instead of continuing work on a project. Or pick up Chipotle instead of going to the gym. When that happens, I try to remember Phelp's quote, which is a great motivator and helps keep my eyes on the end-goal.
Maybe the extra 15 minutes you put towards your project each day won't end up making a difference. Or maybe it will, and be the factor between success and failure. Keep putting money in the bank. You never know when you'll need it.