The “secret” of making something look easy

The “secret” of making something look easy: Dozens of people spend hundreds of hours making a Steve Jobs’ keynote address appear simple, relaxed and cool. I’ve seen a Stevenote a couple of times (and watched video of plenty more) and I’ve always marveled at how much work and investment and practice and talent it must take to make it look so easy.

A long time ago, I saw the legendary Chet Atkins being interviewed on TV and I don’t recall why or who, but the topic turned to a talented young musician. I will always remember Atkins pausing and saying something like: “When I hear him play guitar, I think of all those lonely hours he must have spent in his bedroom practicing.”

Like getting to Carnegie Hall, all it takes to make something look simple is practice, practice, practice.

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  • Hugh

    Today I tried to watch Bill Gates CES pre-kenote address. I had to turn it off after a few minutes.

  • Shawn Lea

    Of course, there’s a flip side to that to. Speechwriters can write Jobs the coolest, hippest, let’s-make-it-look-easy speech in the world, but if the speaker can’t pull it off, it’s all for naught. (Yes, I’m a bit bitter. I’ve had one too many of my brilliant, spell-bounding speeches butchered.) 😉