The gym is a bit like church.

Everybody there is there for different reasons.

Sometimes, it’s easier at the gym. I’m starting to figure out what kind of workout someone will do simply by looking at what they are wearing. I’m not batting a thousand, but I’m getting there.

Hair and makeup perfectly done, paired with a color coordinated outfit gives me big hints at what the workout will be. When the “suns out, guns out” bro-tank show up, there’s more standing around talking about the party than actually working out.

At my gym, the biggest guy happens to have the best shirts. My favorite is just 9 letter, all caps:

He deserves to wear that shirt, because he does the work.

Saying 6

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank.
– Proverbs 22.29

Step One: Unpack

That word skilled only shows up four times in the entire Bible. Here, Ezra 7.6 (translated well versed), Isaiah 16.15 (translated speeds), and my favorite Psalm 45.1 where David says “my favorite is “my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”

Saying 6 is a no-brainer, until skilled gets unpacked.

We’d like to think it’s a magic word. Something you’ve got, or you don’t. A lot of people use that as an excuse, but the big guy at the gyms is right. At least his shirt is.

Do the Work. That’s what skill really is.

In The Tipping Point (a must on summer reading lists) Malcom Gladwell made 10,000 hours famous. I don’t care what it is but if you put 10,000 hours of deliberate practice into anything you’ll be an expert.

At two hours a day, it’ll take almost fourteen years to become that kind of skilled at something. A lot of us work a 9-5, but one friend talks about his 5-9. This is his side hustle. The four hours he works after work. For him it’ll about seven years before he’s and expert. By then, I expect to see him “before kings.”

No one will be surprised be cause he did the work.

Step Two: Apply

There’s an old saying,

Friday, I sent out a newsletter with my personal core values. There are three things I really stand for. Once you figure those out, it’s a lot easier to put in the 10,000 hours and get what Saying Six calls skilled.

Even once you’ve figured out where your heading it’s still hard to get there. It takes what Angela Duckworth calls Grit (another must read this summer). But, I know you’ve got it in you.

In the end, it’s worth is, so… do the work.

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