As you've probably heard by now, the great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91. Since I (mostly) stay on topics that have some relation to football or a football-related event, I won't rehash the greatness of Bradbury here. What I will do, however, is pass along a quote from Bradbury that you'll find useful in your own life:
The Muse must have shape. You will write a thousand words a day for ten to twenty years in order to try to give it shape, to learn enough about grammar and story construction so that these become part of the Subconscious, without restraining or distorting the Muse.
This quote comes from the book Zen and The Art of Writing.
On the surface, it's a quote about writing, but the message is there for us all: to be great (or even good) at something, you have to get up and put the work in until your habit becomes art. It doesn't matter if you're an over-the-road-trucker, a second-string running back, or a Pulitzer-winning author. Until you devote yourself to your chosen profession in the manner that Bradbury describes, you'll just be okay. You'll coast along well enough, but when you lay your head to the pillow at night, you'll know the truth--you could have done more.
Whatever your rule (mine is 500 words a day, thanks to Mr. Bradbury), stick to it and work your craft. You may not be the bird with the prettiest voice, but at least you'll be singing.