The “X” factor. The “it” factor. They “get” it.
They say real recognizes real. Do you ever connect with someone because they do something the way you like it to be done? You feel a sense of connection when someone “gets” it. I’ve been wondering about this mysterious factor for a while now. I immediately relate this topic to music... I’ve played with certain musicians in my life who just “get” it. There’s something flat out special about their playing, but it’s hard to pinpoint. It’s like they make near-perfect musical decisions at every turn, and they never overplay. They perform with such nuance and appreciation for the details, that their performance of a cover could almost be sold as the original. Or even in video production, I’ve worked with editors that just seem to understand the desired outcome in every single situation. It’s these qualities that I believe truly separates amateurs and professionals, but the question is, how does one arrive there?
Without sounding boastful, I consider myself to possess an x-factor when it comes to a few areas. As time goes on, I am convinced that the x-factor is achieved through hard work and persistence, rather than being something that some people are born with. When I think about the areas of my skill that I’m most proud of, I remember the hundreds of hours of practice that I’ve put in over the years. Things that seem so natural to me now (and just flow out effortlessly) once seemed foreign and difficult.