How to Be The G.O.A.T (Greatest of All-Time)


To be the GOAT takes giving a crap (effort) and having a ton of natural talent. Most of us will never be the GOAT in or chooses profession and that’s okay.

A Basketball Example

Michael Jordan is the GOAT in basketball: he was the most naturally talented, but he didn’t rely on his talent, he worked harder than everyone else (plus he was incredibly competitive).

He could have taken it easy and still be great based on natural talent. The thing is many NBA players have amazing talent, but nobody practiced harder than Jordan. This is what made him the greatest. The result was six championships with one very good teammate (Pippen) and some good role players.


The thing is that most of us don’t have Jordan-level skill in anything. Thus I’d rather have an abundance of “giving a crap” over talent. Why? Because giving a crap often beats out superior talent through hard work and determination.

Those that give a crap put in the practice. And if you continue to put in practice you can’t really plateau like those relying of talent alone. Merlin Mann refers to this idea of giving a crap as “care,” which I also like.

So I guess the takeaway here is to find whatever you give an intense crap about if you want to be great (or really really good). Only then will you continue to put in work when shit gets hard.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The only way you’re going to learn is to love it – Ben Harper

Have you ever said this to yourself?

“I’m just not very good at [insert skill/activity], why even bother?”

I have and it’s held me back in the past. But I’ve realized that practice is the difference.

When you realize that practice is the only thing that really matters if you get good at something or not, you stop stereotyping yourself and start trying new things and really start growing.

Sure there are some special (magical?) people that just get it. Whether “it” is math, writing, speaking, skateboarding, baseball, competitive eating, there are just some people that don’t really have to try that hard to be good. But for most people practice is the thing between you and being pretty good at something (and definitely the difference between being good and great).

When you think about things this way there isn’t anything holding you back except yourself.

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