It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.
-Wofgang Amadeus Mozart
However talented creative people happen to be and however passionate about their work they are, one thing they all do is practice – regularly and relentlessly. The practice, though often exhausting, can also be exhilarating because they are perfecting what they love to do. And so they keep doing it. Creators create because they have to do so.
The same can be said about a wide range of people passionately involved in and therefore committed to what they do. Take marathon runners as an example: “Creators create because they have to do so – they just have to! Runners run because they have to do so – they just have to.” These runners have a desire to become better at what they might already be good at. They practice and practice and practice. As Nick, a marathon runner, says in KOPTOE – the word means totally focused (KOPTOE: TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES: THE COMRADES MARATHON): “If you want to make the Comrades, you’ve got to be totally koptoe. You’ve got to work really hard. Be with me, you’ve got to do one year of solid training. No question.”
Zippity emphasizes the importance of practice in THE WORLD OF GLIMPSE:
“I will show you how to do the perfect Perpendicular, Spunktaneous, with first an angular and then a linear velocity,” Zippity said on Day Three. The important thing is not only to make a speedy and lofty ascent, but also to return to the exact point of your departure. That is how you travel far while still remaining on the ground...” you should always adhere to the RULES OF PERPENDICULARITY.
Rise and reverse direction.
Perpendicular with perfection.
I always practice protocol,
always am in control.
Neither a decision nor an intent
could be perceived as negligent.