‘Tis each and all a work of art,
That constant care and practice means —
The actor who creates a part
Has done his work behind the scenes.

  – from Banjo Paterson’s  Behind the Scenes (1893)

A wonderful poem that brings to fore that aspect of achievement that goes on behind the scenes – the slow and persistent honing of the craft, endless repetitions that take you one infinitesimal step toward perfection, that invisible foundation of time and effort on which the final few minutes of glory are built. In a world used to instant gratification, it is often easier to want than to be.

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