I went to today to the Museum of Science and Industry's "Behind Pixar" exhibit. It is a wonderful exhibit about how Pixar movies are made. My biggest takeaway was OMG it takes a lot of work, people and time to make those movies. It is understandable and deserved as they look great and are very entertaining. In turn, they gross tons of money! When you watch them though they look easy and effortless and I was thinking how most great things look effortless. Great surgeons look like they can perform surgery in their sleep, models look like just strolled onto set and in front of the camera, and athletes look like they were just born all muscle.
What we don't see, like with the Pixar movies, are the years of work that goes into becoming great. The sleepless nights, failures, teamwork, education, and the practice. Most of us won't become great because the work to get there is too hard, the failures are to painful, and the practice is too tedious.
Maybe greatness isn't being better. Maybe greatness is just outlasting the rest.