Talking with a new friend last night. He tells me about Malcolm Gladwell’s idea that talented people are those who have desire to practice. They practice basketball, violin, writing, race car driving. Their talent is for practice and functional practice—practice to get better at what they do.
It made sense right away but it also made me ask: What am I practicing all day long? And Am I practicing the thing that I want to get better at or something else? It seems I practice fear thinking and worry so no wonder it comes so easily to me—I’ve made a talent of it. Can I change that? Can I think of new thinking as a skill I want to develop and improve. This isn’t new. I’ve read and heard this before. But this idea---talent is the desire and love of practice.
What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? A writer. A friend. A child of a loving God.
Am I practicing that?