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The phrase “paid the cost to be the boss” resonates with those willing to pay said costs. Just about everyone, at one time or another, aspires to bosshood. Who wouldn’t want to be the boss, enjoying all the perks and prestige that come with the title? But how many are willing to actually put in the work, to strive, suffer, and separate from everyone else? As AC/DC so evocatively explains, it’s a long way to the top (if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll). This weekend, for some inexplicable reason, I took on a brutal home improvement project. The task appeared deceptively simple: remove decades of thick paint from wrought iron rails. Research suggested plenty of ways to remove the paint, from a wire brush to a brush head for a drill to caustic chemicals. Unfortunately, as I invested in each method, I learned that the job always required scraping with…

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Over years as an entrepreneur, author, and publisher of (now-defunct) SUCCESS magazine, Darren Hardy has relentlessly studied and dissected the habits of the most accomplished people on the planet. He can attest that the secret to success isn’t much of a secret at all: practice. However, the kind of practice that drives stratospheric levels of accomplishment and excellence is extremely specific. Deliberate practice requires tremendous commitment and structure over time. But no other path takes you to even the chance of doing your very best when it matters. How do you know if you are practicing properly? Hardy described four essential steps to attacking deliberate practice: You must be motivated to attend to the task and exert effort to improve your performance. The design of the task should take into account your pre-existing knowledge so that the task can be correctly understood after a brief period of instruction. You should…

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