When I was a kid, my dad crushed me on the Chess board, and then he’d rub it in.
And it gets worse.
You see, my dad didn’t believe in playing Chess for nothing. We always had to wager something.
If it were money, life would have been easy.
But his preferred method of payment was push-ups. A lot of push-ups.
And he wouldn’t take it easy on me either.
If I owed him 100 push-ups, he expected me to do each and every push-up with perfect form.
And when I’d get tired after 20, 30, 40, or even 70 push-ups, there he’d be… Smiling, and saying “now gimme my money.” He wanted the rest of the push-ups, and he’d wait until I finished them.
I vividly remember daydreaming for the day that I’d beat him… or the day that I could do an unending amount of exercise.
The latter was obviously impossible, so I hit the library. I started reading and learning all about Chess.
After months of studying and practicing, I went to play my father once more, and I demolished him.
I got good. Real good.
I kept beating him, and by the time I was done, he owed me hundreds of push-ups.
It felt AWESOME.
Fast forward like 17 years, and I now realize that this was one of the most important lessons of my life.
The real world will never take it easy on you. If you owe 100 push-ups, you gotta pay up.
And if you keep getting smacked down, it’s up to you to get out of it.
As you might have guessed, the internet world is no different.
Ever notice how I always quote research, books, tests, and other pieces of data?
Years ago, the internet made me pay up, so I did as I did as a kid. I studied up.
And as you can see, that worked too :-).
Question is are you “studying up?”
You’re here reading Social Triggers, and that’s a start.
But are you also honing your craft? Are you learning how to do what you do better?
If you’re writing blog posts, are you learning to become a better writer? If you’re a life coach, do you actively seek to improve your skills? If you’re running a business, do you seek to streamline anything that seems inefficient?