9 Hours Practice. Everyday.
Here’s some perspective. Imagine the commitment it would take to practice something 9 hours a day!? To give your life to your craft.
“Itzhak Perlman is one of the finest violinists alive today. Several years ago, Perlman agreed to attend a charity reception after one of his concerts in Vienna. Tickets for the champagne reception were sold for the equivalent of five hundred American dollars per guest.
At the reception, while the guests mingled, Izhak Perlman stood in a roped-off area flanked by security guards. One by one the guests were led into the roped-off area and introduced to Perlman. As one man entered the roped-off area, he stretched out his hand, shook hands with the violinist, and said, “Mr. Perlman, you were phenomenal tonight. Absolutely amazing.” Perlman smiled and thanked the man graciously for the compliment. The man continued, “All my life I have had a great love of the violin, and I have heard every great living violinist, but I have never heard anyone play the violin as brilliantly as you did tonight.” Perlman smiled again but said nothing, and the man continued, “You know, Mr. Perlman, I would give my whole life to be able to play the violin like you did tonight.”
Perlman smiled once more and said, “I have.”
–Matthew Kelly from The Rhythm of Life
“I would give my whole life to do that.”
Guess how much he practices? 9 hours. EVERY day. Unless he’s performing, then it’s just the 4.5 hour morning session before deep preparation for that night’s performance. Below is a video of him performing, you don’t have to be a musician to be awed by his ability. It’s inspiring.
What are you willing to give your life to?