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March 26, 2010


Andy Gibson

Hmm, I wonder if you're conflating "work" and "effort" here Nick. All the terminology around this is quite messy, but there are two different concepts at play here I think.

Sure, the "effortless" striker does practice every day, but that doesn't mean it has to feel like effort. They said Jimi Hendrix used to have a guitar strapped to him throughout the day, but I would guess that's because he loved playing rather than because he was devoted to "hard work". It was in his nature to play guitar. He didn't have to force himself to do it, any more than a swallow has to force itself to learn to fly. Work doesn't need to be hard.

If you want to appear effortless, I would suggest that it isn't about concealing your hard work in an appearance of effortlessness: it's about identifying the value in what you do naturally, and bringing that to bear on the world in a way that flows smoothly from you. Create a powerful alignment between what you love doing and what the world needs, and the effortlessness will follow. One man's work is another man's pleasure, after all...

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