Sorry for the language! But, now that I’ve got your attention let’s talk about what this “HSE” is all about.
I discovered the term while reading Daniel Coyle’s book The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born, It’s Grown. Here’s How. We’ll be reviewing this book at some point, so I don’t want to dive in too deep about what the book is about, but we need context to understand the HSE. Daniel spent time researching what he called “talent hot beds”, where there seemed to be small pockets of the world that had EXPLODED with great talent in certain skill sets. Brazil and it’s amazing soccer players, Russia and it’s phenomenal female tennis players, Curaçao and it’s incredible little league baseball program, among others. He spent time in each of these places to try and understand how and why these areas had such specific talents.
His discoveries were pretty incredible, but the one piece that I thought was particularly interesting was what he dubbed “The Holy Shit Effect” or HSE. Essentially, he developed this term from how “unexpected” the fruition of these talents were. He would ask these amazingly talented soccer players in Brazil or gifted female tennis players in Russia “When did you realize you were talented?” or “When did you realize you had it?”. They didn’t know. They had no idea. What happened was that years and years of what Coyle calls deep practice had produced gradual increases in competency and talent until they just arrived as great and incredible practitioners of their craft.
“Holy shit, I’m here. I made it. I am who I set out to be.”
It is with this thought that I carry the importance of daily practices and routines that show gradual improvements. It is very rare that someone can progress at a noticeable rate from day to day, but there are minuscule things that you can do in those days that will lead you toward what you aspire to be.
Imagine that “holy shit” moment. That moment that you realize all of the progress you have made and how it has molded you into that athlete, that artist, or that person that you had hoped to become. What a crazy feeling that must be. Keep moving forward! An inch or a mile, forward is forward. It will eventually lead to the experience of the HSE, without question.
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Keep moving past mediocre people!