As a kid, I played baseball. My father played semipro and had visions of me carrying on his love for the game. He pitched to me constantly. As I got older, he would take me to batting cages where pitching machines would pitch me ball after ball.
At a local batting cage, there was an old, salty manager. For over 20 years he had watched endless youngsters try to learn to hit a baseball. He occasionally gave my dad coaching tips to help me be a better hitter.
One day I overheard my father say, “I am sure you have seen endless kids learn to hit.” He smiled and said, “I’ve seen em all.” Then dad asked, “What one attribute more than any other, guarantees a great batter?” I will never forget his answer. “Easy – the mental fortitude to handle the monotonous boredom of practicing every day for hours.” He went on – “Many come because it is fun, but soon the fun of hitting fades and the hard part of perfecting your swing sets in. That’s when they quit.”
“Repetition can be boring or tedious, which is why so few people ever master anything.” – H. Erold
If you seek greatness, you have to commit yourself to mastery. If you are dabbling, you are not fully committed. Perfecting a skill is hard and sometimes boring. Push through the boredom and find excellence.
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.