I love movies. I watch on average one movie every two weeks. The kind of movies I like are usually the kind with lots of kicks, blows and bazookas. (Don’t judge me! When I was young I wanted to be a commando.) I used to watch a lot of martial arts thrillers. Movies like ‘No retreat, no surrender’, ‘Karate Kid’, ‘Kickboxer’, ‘Drunken Master’ were some of my favourite. The thing I loved about them was that there was always a moment in the movie when the main character was the underdog and he had to invest a lot of time in training before he could beat the main villain of the movie. And usually, when he was fighting the villain, they’d show flashbacks of him in training and how he was applying some of the moves to beat up this guy. That was very thrilling for me.
The challenge I sometimes face is that I want to just show up and show off without even an hour of practice. Breaking news! IT DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT! Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule states that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice are needed to become world-class in any field. Now I know that sometimes because of talent, team work and the right coach, it may take one less time or even more. The bottom line is there is always A LOT OF PRACTICE. Many of the worship leaders we admire have spent countless hours practicing their craft and connecting with the Father in worship. Many of the preachers we admire spend lots of hours studying, memorising and meditating on the words of the bible, in prayer and so when we watch them walking in power with scriptures rolling off their tongues, it can be very admirable.
One Christmas, we went to my wife’s village in Rugoma, Kebisoni in Rukungiri to spend Christmas with my family there. When we got there, our cousins had brought their kids’ bicycles with them. At the time, Nandi did not know how to ride a bicycle so when she saw her cousins riding away she wanted to ride. There was one problem though. These kids had learnt how to ride and had even removed the learners’ tyres off their bikes. I tried to explain to my daughter that riding was a skill you have to learn and she insisted and even started crying so I let her be. So she asked for a turn to ride the bicycle and she was given a turn. I guess you know what happened.
A lack of private practice will only prepare you for public humiliation. Public Platforms will only expose you. They cannot make you. World-class painters sleep on canvas, eat with paintbrushes and snack on oil pastels. What is it that you’re most passionate about? How much time do you invest every day on it? How badly do you want to get good at it?
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