Skill-acquisition is compounding
The most rewarding things in life take years. Only bad things happen quickly. — Derek Sivers
This is the premise of the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.
Life is easy—you’re difficult. If you can master the most mundane of tasks and avoid distraction, you will live an extraordinary life.
The older I get, the clearer it becomes that our internal battle as the kindergarten teachers of our mind is like 97% of life’s struggle. The world is easy—you’re difficult. If you find yourself continually not executing your plans in life and your promises to yourself, you’ve uncovered your new #1 priority—becoming a better kindergarten teacher. Until you do, your life will be run by a bunch of primitive, short-sighted 5-year-olds, and your whole shit will suck. Trust me, I know. — Tim Urban