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Practice makes perfect


Do you remember the song ‘We Are The World’?.

Due to the famine in Africa, Forty-five predominantly U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded this huge hit single in 1985, thus providing money and drawing attention to the famine.

If you don’t remember the song, here goes!

I love this song, love its sentiments, but that is not the purpose of this little book.

When I initially saw the video, I wondered how these busy superstars were able to sing in such harmony? You see, it looked like they had just met, been given a script they were still singing from and voila, out came this awesome song.

Wrong! Nothing in life is that easy.

Even the worlds biggest superstars have to practice and get things right. We normally see the finished product but behind the scenes a lot goes on – there was a lot of studio work. Watch this video to see what I mean.


Michael Jackson, then the biggest superstar, had to spend time working on his vocals. His solo piece in the song lasted approximately 25 seconds (I timed it) but as you can see from this video, he spent over 10 minutes, most likely more, working on it.

My question to you is: what are you doing to develop your talent? are you spending time refining your gift?

All the folks we admire, who make things look easy and effortless (from sports to academia), have done the hard work already, so when they turn up … its show time.

Watch the two videos again and ponder on the 10 plus minutes rehearsal for a 25 second solo. Jesus did something similar – He spent 30 years in ‘obscurity’ preparing for the last 3 years of His life … and these were marked by miracles, signs and wonders.

Practice makes perfect and the times spent sharpening your skills ‘out of sight’ can make you seem like an ‘overnight sensation’. That’s David’s story … by killing lions and bears in obscurity, he was able to defeat Goliath publicly.

I hope this encourages you to spend more time on your purpose, so that when your time comes you will fulfil purpose and leave a legacy.

Be blessed


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