When you meet someone who is brilliant at what they do, you’re generally witnessing the product of significant time and energy investment.
In an interview, Richard Feynman articulates this point well: “If you take an ordinary person who’s willing to devote a great deal of time and study and work and thinking and mathematics and timeline, then he’s become a scientist.”
We can generally become decent at most things with marginal time investment.
To become exceptional, however, requires exceptional commitment — massive amounts of time and attention narrowly directed toward one thing.
The interesting and pressing question: what one thing in your life is worth this much commitment?