Greatness Starts with Practice and Persistence


So David may have been born into a situation that destined him for greatness, but do you really think that was it? I mean, do you know anything about his brothers? They were born into the same family as he was? They had the same opportunities, yet they moved on into obscurity while David went on to become a famous warrior, poet and King.

Really the main fact was that David had the blessing of God on his life. You can’t deny that reality when reading his story. However, aside from that, David made the most of what he was given. Consider the following two truths about his life:

David was a Skilled Poet

David wrote most of the Book of Psalms in the Bible. He was a musician and a poet. How do you suppose he gained these skills? As a young man he practiced his instrument of choice, the harp. He was so good, in fact, that he was sought out to play for King Saul who had regular mood swings. When Saul’s people needed to find a skilled musician, David’s reputation got him the job. I imagine seeing David out in the countryside with his flock of sheep and his harp, making music and writing poetry.

David Became a Skilled Warrior

Perhaps what David is best known for is killing the giant, Goliath. While this was something that no one else was willing to do, David was confident in his ability to get the job done. (Can you imagine what the other Israeli soldiers were thinking when this teenager stepped up and took out their toughest opponent?) In part, that confidence came from his days out in the wilderness, practicing with his sling and protecting his flock from wild animals. His confidence was built over years of practice throughout his youth.

So Greatness Starts with Practice and Persistence. David practiced his music, wrote his poetry and we still sing his Psalms today. He became a warrior because he practiced with his weapon of choice and actually had to use it in the defense of his flock.

Are you practicing and preparing for greatness? Do you expect to achieve some sort of greatness in your lifetime? I don’t think we start practicing early enough in life for things that really matter. We do a lot of thinking and reading and planning but very little doing.

I had lunch this week with a 20 year old that has built an impressive lawn care business. He started 6 years ago mowing lawns as a freshman. Today he owns 4 trucks, a skidloader, lawn mowing equipment, a tractor and probably lots of other equipment that he didn’t tell me about. He employs up to 6 people and focuses on making the quality of his work better than anyone in town. He probably earns twice what his peers will hope to earn in two years when they graduate from college. By the way, he also earned his Associate of Arts degree while doing all of this.

I wrote about this young man two years ago when I heard how he had earned over two thousand dollars in one weekend. What I didn’t realize is that he earned more than twice that amount! In some ways he was like David. He was confident in his ability to get the work done and he was not afraid to ask for the business. He took action as a teenager and did something impressive.

How much time are you spending on your skills? Are you working on anything of value for your future? Have you attempted to start your own business? Are you willing to fail at something worthwhile? Have you built the confidence that you need to overcome serious challenges in your life? Are you creating anything of value? Don’t wait for this to happen. Start today.

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Thanks for taking the time to read. I am excited to see greatness in you!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!