Amazing Kids! Magazine

How to Be World-Class

By Natalie Brady, Nonfiction Editor


Ever wanted to be the best of the best at whatever you do – whether it is playing a sport, baking, or playing an instrument? Have you ever wanted to be known and recognized for something you do, or one of your talents? I can teach you how to be world-class in two easy steps; just two steps. Crazy, right? Hold on to your hats; let’s learn how to be world-class!

Believe in yourself

Pretty simple, right? Actually, it’s not. Did you know that most people in today’s society are insecure? For instance, that super cool guy you see strutting around with his life together – he might be insecure and worried about other people’s opinions. Pretty wacky to think about.

To be world-class, you have to, first, of course, know what you want to be world-class in: cooking, soccer, piano, etc. Then, you have to believe you can do it; this doesn’t mean to be arrogant, but be confident in yourself! Don’t ever doubt yourself or think that you can’t do something – you can do whatever you put your mind to. If you don’t believe in yourself, how are others supposed to believe in you?

Don’t be upset if you can’t believe in yourself right away – it usually takes time. Not everyone is put on the earth with the attitude that they can do whatever they want. Be patient with yourself and breathe. Your confidence will come with how well you work. Which brings us to our second step:

10,000 hours

Woah. Big number! What on earth does that mean? And what do I mean by saying hours? Do I truly expect you to put in 10,000 hours practicing whatever you want to be world-class in?

Yes. Yes, I do.

Okay, hear me out. It’s not just talent that gets you ahead, contrary to popular belief.  While talent can put one ahead, being good at something takes practice. What do I mean?

I play trumpet, and my lesson teacher was telling me about one of his former students the other day. He was telling me about how this student really wasn’t the most talented kid – he was decent, but not much compared to some of his other students. There was one thing that set this particular student apart from the rest, however: he practiced, a ton. He worked his butt off, compensating for the natural talent he lacked. What’s he doing now?

He’s playing trumpet for traveling Broadway productions.

Totally cool! The message of this story is, simply, you don’t have to be talented. To be world-class, there are studies that show you just need to keep practicing. If you practice and practice and practice, you will eventually become unstoppable. If you practice a total of 10,000 hours – which I know takes years and years – and you become really good at what you’re doing, and you’re confident…hello, world-class, how are you?

Achieving world-class level isn’t as simple as two steps; in fact, it takes a lot of confidence, focus, and hard work – but hey, I just laid down the basics for you. What are you waiting for? Go get started!