Today, a friend said, “I’d give anything to be able to play piano like that.” She was talking about a talented musician whose video had gone viral on the internet. I smiled, and ignored her comment, because while she can play the piano, she’ll never be able to play at the same level as the kid in the video. Because, what she said just wasn’t true. She won’t give anything. She’d actually give very little to gain those skills. If you built a calendar of her days and a schedule of how she spends her time, what would she give up to fit in the hours of practice it would take to grow as a musician? Would she give up her other hobbies? Give up time with her friends? Her favorite TV shows? Would she stop going to the movies once or twice a week? Would she stay up an hour later, or get up an hour earlier, just to play through some scales and work on a new piece of music?
No. She won’t. We know she won’t, because she doesn’t. She’s just wishing for the talent, without having to pay the price it takes to get it. If she were willing to give up anything, she might get better, and be able to play a few more songs. But, what would she have to give up to really be that good, to be world-class?
Would she give up everything? Would she dedicate herself fully to just this one thing? No, of course not. So, she’ll never play like that kid.
But it made me think. What would I give up to get closer to my dreams? What am I doing now that I will regret or be indifferent about in the future? Turns out, there may be a lot of things.