Taking a Swing At It

When was the last time that you focused on getting really good at something?

Today I found myself in the sporting goods store making a significant purchase on golf equipment. I’m not a professional golfer, I’m going to ever make it on the tour, in fact, I’m really not that great. However, becoming a better golfer is something that I have always wanted to do.
Why is that?
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Being a better golfer won’t make me more money. It won’t save me any time. If anything it will take a lot of my time and cost me a lot of money. So why would I want to do that?
The urge to master something is in our DNA. Whether it is playing the guitar, painting, writing or playing golf, we all enjoy doing things that have absolutely nothing to do with our livelihoods. So why do we do it?
I’m not a scientist or a researcher, so I can’t give you any statistics or any cool graphics. However, what I can tell you, is that when you get good at something on your own accord, it makes you feel good. There is something about competing with yourself and raising your own standards that can give you a lot of satisfaction.
However, if you never take a swing at it, you’ll never know how good you could get at something…