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Developing ability.

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By learning, and practice, we get better.

An earlier note outlined how NM is a business, and should be approached and undertaken accordingly… and that appropriate 'business-y knowledge' can be a good thing.

NM is often lauded as 'equal opportunity'. Rightly so.

Almost anyone could do well in it.

But what's too-rarely noted-and-remembered is 'you'll have to work at it'.

There's parallels here with top-tier sport… that can be considered as 'equal opportunity' too.

Yes, you have to be good at it, and we usually get good at something by learning how to do it and practising.

Practice improves ability.

(Of course 'natural talent' helps, but on its own is rarely enough.)

Let's consider the example of a young soccer player…

How can he/she score more goals?

  • 1 Take more shots at goal.
  • 2 Improve their skill.

If they average 4 goals from 10 shots, if they take more shots they'll of course score more goals.

Is it possible to take more shots during a game?

Yes, of course.

But what about, for example, a runner?

They don't get the 'take more shots' chance.

If their average for 100m is 15 seconds, then they'll be there-or-abouts every time they run.

Their only way to 'rise' is to get better, to improve their ability.

With NM, there's 'lots of people 'to tell'… 'everyone is a prospect'.

So maybe it's ok to just blast-through 'em in a mediocre way?

Like the soccer youngster, taking more shots with no focus on 'better aim and technique'?

Yeah, maybe.

With that 4-from-10 average, you can improve your results just by reaching more people. You don't need to get better at what you're doing.

But isn't it better to do so with some finesse?

To improve your skill so you're more-aware of what to do and how to do it?

(And with some idea of 'why'.)

So that your average rises to perhaps 6-or-7-from-10.

Without trying to be better, that young soccer player would simply be wasting available opportunities.

And such things aren't limitless.

They're valuable, and shouldn't be squandered.

Something to think about?

And perhaps, in a long-winded way, hopefully this helps clarify what we're doing… publishing good and worthwhile stuff, of use to anyone building a business.

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