I recently wrapped up a weeklong ski trip with friends. For those who don’t know me that well, I really, really love skiing.
There’s something amazing about wearing uncomfortable boots with wooden sticks affixed to them and leaning side to side while traversing down a snowy hill. That’s a gross oversimplification of skiing; there’s so much more to it: The equipment, the speed, the terrain, the conditions, the visibility, and the technique.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than riding the rails down some fresh corduroy on a blue bird day (skiing with proper form down a freshly groomed run on a sunny day). Or cruising off-piste on untouched pow (skiing through the woods after a storm has left fresh powder and no one has been through yet).
While skiing, I had quite the interesting insight: we humans always crave what’s new and fresh. It is just so exciting.
I want to ski on a trail or through fresh powder that no one else has skiied on.
And I will wake up at 6am to make this a reality. First tracks is a real thing. It excites me. It is new, it is shiny. There’s no better feeling than the rush that comes from a brand new experience. It is like that new car smell. And once you get it, you crave more.
However, for us to truly enjoy those new moments, we have to practice consistently on much less desirable conditions. Only then, when the moment comes, we are ready to “enjoy the shit out of it.” But without all of that practice, you will only have a mediocre experience.
I think that work follows the same pattern. Be patient. Work hard during the toughest of times; work on perfecting your skills; work on building systems. And then finally, when the moment comes, you are 100% ready to seize the moment.