What takes something from being just "okay" to "great?" Consistent attention to detail--especially detail that is oftentimes overlooked, either intentionally or unintentionally. When you're thinking about style, decor and design, this comes down to angles, subtle movements that are fractions of an inch, tints and shades of color and making sure to add all the things, but not too many things.
As a pianist, "organizing the non-obvious" by paying attention and sweating over the details means playing the same four notes over...and over...and OVER again until the touch on the piano, the tone, the loudness, the connectedness, is absolutely perfect. Or it could be something as simple as adjusting the tempo (speed) or playing around with the length of each note (rubato).
So what about blogging, design, style and all those oversaturated niches? What helps people become "victorious," achieve excellence, notoriety or even just a full-time salary?
After observing and working with people at the very top of their industries, it has been revealed to me that no matter the niche or industry, the consistent attention to detail separates the "goods" from the "greats", the "greats" from the "excellents" and the "excellents" from the "one-of-a-kinds".
There's always room at the top for people
who love what they do, strive for greatness and obsessively sweat the small stuff,
no matter how saturated their niche or industry is.
In my life, there's areas where I'm really good at this, and areas where I'm really terrible (and therefore delegate and/or need to delegate this work to someone who thrives in these areas). For example, I'm really non-attentive to details when I'm proofreading (even this blog, perhaps you've noticed? LOL) I really enjoy writing "stream of consciousness" and rarely go back to edit, or even re-read. So perhaps, in this area, I need to find myself a proofreader and someone to paraphrase my writing back to me, just so I make sure the main point was clear and it uses the intended tone.
Or sometimes, the answer to our struggle is something so obvious, that it's not obvious. For example, the person who struggles with time management, focuses on all the things they should be doing, but neglects to consider all the things they should NOT be doing. Or perhaps the person who is in a continual state of pushing back and protesting, when the answer to their problems actually lies in collaboration and CONNECTION.
This quote challenges us to pause and take a moment of silence for the struggles we have in our lives. Is there something that is so obvious its not obvious that we need to address? Or perhaps there's something that's just not-obvious and we need to take the time and space to really observe and reflect?