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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. Today, we're gonna be looking at an idea that I think we've kind of explored in different versions. But here's another take on it. This is from Aristotle, we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit that seems obvious with sports, you think about the guy that shows up and shoot three pointers before every game and after every practice. But like it also made me think about people I work with, there's this guy that I used to work with, it was an estimator, and construction, and he was always the first one. And he got there at 6am. And he just cranked out work all the time. And his habit was he would do work. And he was always good. And I think about the people I didn't necessarily think did good work was they would show up, they would have a coffee, they would chat. And then when they had to they would do their work. And so when you perform, it's kind of like what you're doing anyway. So he was always just doing what he did versus like trying to perform when you had to. And it just kind of made me think about how forming habits is is a better way to move forward. And do you have any habits like that? Or do you agree?


Larry

I am like so not excellent at anything in my life. Now, I will admit you're the guy used to work with like, that's who you want to be your loan broker, or that's who you want people to work with you, you we need those people. I just so happened to not be one of those people.


Andrew Keller

I mean, I think that's kind of an interesting concept. Because you're a self proclaimed enneagram seven, which is I don't what is the name of it?


Larry

I have no, I'm not an expert in something


Andrew Keller

that's creative, right? So I guess you could maybe say the opposite of this for the arts, in theory, like you, people that say they get writer's block, they go out and do something else, they take a shower, they go for a walk, they go for a run, they do a puzzle, and then an idea comes to them. So in that case, you're repeatedly doing isn't creating the excellence.


Larry

Oh, for sure. And I feel like we've mentioned, you know, you got to do something for 10,000 hours before you're an expert at it. So if you're constantly doing it, you're becoming an expert, and you're sort of reforming the habit that you will already have.


Andrew Keller

Right? I guess what, we're redoing this house right now. And I want to get in the habit of getting up and doing some work. So I what I've started doing since we moved here is I write down a list every day. And I just start marking stuff off versus waiting for the spirit to move me to be able to say, Okay, now it's time to put in the transition strip. Just kind of like, I think the way to be able to do this is is make it not an option, or at least from my personality is like, well, this is what I'm doing. It's not like if I feel like doing it later. It's kind of you just, it's what you do. And it's not something special.


Larry

I will just kind of push back on that idea. Right? I think you have to have that temperament. That guy that we did you mention first from your work? Like that's a temperament? I don't think most people can just do that. I think that's like a temperament built type of a person that you can work towards that if you want to be good at something. But I feel like that's more the makeup of a person.


Andrew Keller

I mean, yes, that is a temperament. But also, I think we can both agree that's probably not your temperament. And I would say that us recording every day has become a habit. And it's not you like oh, I feel like it. So it becomes part of your whatever it is probably for both of us the first couple months. The first however long it wasn't a habit, you're like, Oh, I gotta figure out a way to something to talk about. And now it's just like what we do. And we've create excellence every day.


Larry

Well, I will say this about just my specific career. I am on the radio. And so every single time I go on the radio, I try to be prepared. I try to know I'm going to talk about I try to have notes, whereas there's other people just winging it. And some people can't, they can just wing it, because they're that good and can talk about whatever they want. But I have to be someone. So I have learned over the course of my career, I gotta be prepared. And it's got to be written out in front of you got to know exactly, I'll do it. And I got to do that every single time or just doesn't work for me.


Andrew Keller

I mean, I think you're kind of talking down is maybe not the right word, but you're like doubt. Yeah, you're downplaying what you do and what people that wing it do. The people that wing it didn't like have that comfort level the first time they got on air. Yeah, you volunteer. You've talked about that where you were Doing a trivia like you probably wing that to some extent there's there's nothing natural about about what we're doing right now. And it just kind of gets better with with repeatedly doing I guess practice makes perfect. It's kind of what we're saying. And


Larry

I would also say though excellence comes at a cost like you think about Tom Brady. I mean, he is excellent at what he does. He's sort of the extreme example. He doesn't eat certain foods, he only drinks his vitamin water, he works out every saving single day when he's on vacation. Tiger Woods to degree, excellent what he does, but that comes at a cost. Even the guy that you were taught mentioned at the very first, that's time that he could have been having breakfast with his family. So excellence real I mean, there's definitely something to be applauded for excellence. But it does cost something.


Andrew Keller

It does cost something. And I mean, I guess that's the trade off. But I think it's a good reminder, I was kind of thinking about the Golden Globes are kind of happening recently. And when the award ceremony for acting is coming up, and it's like, what kind of makes success and there's so much success, you don't earn so much failure, like people doing stuff, and is it go anywhere. And so you see these people be successful. And it's not like they, for acting. It's not like they showed up on set and put it on, like, there's 1000s of hours with acting startups, everything in life. And this is me reflecting on starting habits.


Larry

And I would just like to say you've always heard the story about Tom Cruise. How excellent he is an actor that when he shows up to a shoot, he not only knows his lines, he knows everybody else's lines and knows where the director is gonna put the camera like he is the epitome of excellence. But once again, that comes at a cost like he's, he works really, really hard.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, so I guess it kind of depends on if you want to be bad. Good. Great. Excellent. Well, if your name is Bill or Ted, please reach out you can find us at repost a podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Ted Theodore Logan for Bill s Preston Esquire saying thanks for stopping by



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