Why It’s Worth It To Get The Best At What You Do

Being good at one thing, even if it’s not your job, is the right response to the world around you, but not doing work that does valuable but often invisible good is a failure. We could work in a school to improve human communication to save countless lives of people who might not otherwise survive — all we have to do is turn our backs from it, as much as possible.

This post was inspired by a series where the great and the good share their advice, stories and wisdom on how to be a better version of yourself in the face of adversity, whether it’s losing the love you’ve had since age three, overcoming depression or just learning to be kinder and more mindful. They’re all amazing in different ways and deserve acknowledgment and more attention. This is how we got the idea for this blog and I think it should be shared in a way that encourages people to get the best from the most important part of their lives, regardless of whether they’re the best at what they do, or, as we’ll see in more posts on the blog, anything to do with improving.

The author is at the top right of each photo and you can see a full version of the post here and watch the entire video here (via vimeo). 

*The author is a friend and fellow author. 

How do you do the thing you love? Do as much work as needed, get good at what you’re doing, put your full effort into being the best at it and then give every bit of yourself to the work you love, and you will reach a point where you enjoy what you do.

~ Mark Manson

A few years ago I watched a TED Talk by a man who had made a big change in his life at such a young age. He’d stopped drinking alcohol and started to do physical therapy for his back and neck. He was 19. A big, big change.

It was amazing, and I was blown away by it. I got to thinking that the way to change my life in a big way was to get better at physical therapy. What if I had a great teacher I could rely on to help me learn more, to motivate me and just make myself work towards my goals? So I did.

The results are pretty impressive.

He is now an instructor at St. Jude who has a program where his students go to live with him in a medical center, get physical therapy, learn how other patients work and go back to help others who can’t afford his treatment.

I’ve asked him to do a Q&A and give back to the community and he agreed! What I’ve learned so far was that I have a lot in common with the guy. He worked hard. He did his therapy. But when he started to change I stopped drinking, and the physical therapy took off too. How can we be like that? The answer was, make a difference in the world, make a change in your life.

How can an athlete make a difference in their community and help it reach its potential? What if you could help your community better? What if you could live the life that you want to live? It’s a tough decision, but this is the choice we have — the most important decision of our lives. So just give it a try. You deserve to live a life you will be proud to write about when you’re done.