And it doesn’t matter what the product is. It could be a car, a movie, clothing, a ballet, a song, this blog post, whatever. And, yes, even a presentation.
When the product reaches an especially high level of craftsmanship, it’s even easier to take it for granted. When it looks effortless, it looks easy. We sometimes even tell ourselves, “That’s easy. I can do that.”
But we can fail to appreciate the countless hours of planning, research, rehearsing, performing, building, and re-building — a lot of hard work — that went into making the final product look “easy.”
It’s frequently not until we try our own hand at it that we realize the mastery involved. [Read more…]