Seth Godin tells us about the value of being coachable, and gives the example of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Years ago, at the great Bolshoi Ballet, auditions for the troupe were conducted among 8 year old girls. That’s because it took ten years to become great. How did the auditions work? The teachers weren’t looking for the best dancers. They were looking for the dancers who took coaching the best. The rest would come with time.

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As I posted yesterday, it’s not what you’re born with that counts. To be great, what matters is not what you’re born with. It’s how much you’re willing to learn. In ballet, sports, whatever field you choose to pursue. We all have the potential to be great. It’s a matter of whether you’re willing to take the coaching required. Are you?