When you interact with someone who makes his/her business look easy, they did not wing it. Likely, they spent hours, weeks, and years (behind the scenes) modifying and improving their approach to doing business.
Behind the scenes, people who are successful work hard on getting better. They think, evaluate, and plan their business approaches. Over time, they think critically about their progress, reflect on their experiences, and re-evaluate their strategies.
In other words, they practice and improve to become the best. As a result, they make it look easy.
Have you ever heard of the 10,000 Hours Rule?
It has been described by Seth Godin and written about by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers (great book by the way), and others. In simple terms, most remarkable people spend about 10,000 hours doing something before they become the best at it.
I do not know who said the following quote, but it perfectly characterizes the essence of this blog post:
“Champions don’t become champions in the ring – they are merely recognized there.”
When you succeed in the “ring” of life or business consistently, generally, it is not because of chance or luck, but rather because you prepared well.
Many factors (including genetics) predispose individuals to certain qualities. However, people are not born awesome public speakers, skilled artists, landscapers, or website developers. They work at it when no one is watching, until they become the best.
Behind the scenes, when no one is watching, are you working hard to improve, become the best, and make it look easy?