Misti Burmeister
author, speaker, executive coach

Misti Burmeister

Misti Burmeister, author of "From Boomers to Bloggers," founded Inspirion Inc. and specializes in speaking, executive coaching, and generational diversity in the workplace.


Practice, practice

Q: In his first six days in the major leagues, the Nationals' Danny Espinosa blasted three home runs, including a grand slam. Do you find that your biggest successes come in big bursts, or as the result of slow and steady progress? Is success more about "base hits," or "home runs"?

Just after completing what felt like my best-ever speech last week, I was on top of the world, giving thanks and letting my colleagues in on the good news. Just four weeks prior I was hardly able to look myself in the mirror, fearing I had let my audience down. Yet, it was the lessons learned during my speech four weeks earlier that prepared me for the speech I gave last week.

My speaking career, along with my writing and consulting work, continue to evolve -- get better. Sure, I've had big opportunities with the media that presented themselves at the perfect time, which ultimately sky-rocketed the success of my first book ("From Boomers To Bloggers"), making it a best-seller in the first three months it was out. But, ultimately, had I written a terrible book, no media would have made it into a success.

Just like Danny Espinosa consistently practices and strengthens himself both mentally and physically, I consistently read, write, speak, coach, consult, receive feedback and ultimately get better. That way, when the big opportunities come, I'm ready for them.

One of my favorite quotes on this top is by Zig Ziglar:

"While the hurricanes and tornadoes get all the publicity, did you know it's the termites that do the most damage?"

It's the insane amount of preparation that makes the big opportunities both possible and successful. A great friend of mine, Jacob, said to me recently, "Someday I want to be the kind of speaker that doesn't have to memorize anymore, just has the message and keeps it fresh by grooving with the tempo and the audience. In the meantime, it's 'Practice, write, practice, speak!' And keep going, keep breathing. The work is worth it."

This is true regardless of what industry or passion. We all have to start somewhere -- and, ultimately it's continual practice and feedback that prepare us for home runs.

-- Misti Burmeister, www.InspirionLLC.com

By Misti Burmeister  |  September 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Success: fast or slow? Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Very insightful, as always!

Great points that we need to constantly evolve and help each other improve.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Your book is terrific!

Mary Kelly, PhD

Posted by: maryaloha | September 16, 2010 9:30 AM
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I agree entirely with your comments. The successful professional athlete spends countless time perfecting his skills. The brain surgeon spends a lifetime reading, thinking and studying to get to where he is. There are lots of child prodigies who fail because they do not put in the time and effort needed to be successful. The one think that cannot be minimized is talent. Regardless of how hard someone works, they must have the talent to accomplish what they set out to do. It is the combination of talent, some luck and hard work which leads to success.

Posted by: gvelanis | September 13, 2010 8:53 AM
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