Allen Iverson said it best: practice.
Perhaps this is the goal: not to become the “best” or even to become “successful”, but to simply never stop practicing whatever your art form is!
The men, hands long without practice in the art of war (anecdote from Virgil’s Aeneid)
For example: never stop practicing your weight lifting, never stop practicing your writing, never stop practicing your photographing and never stop practicing anything you care for.
Practice beyond perfection
Perfection isn’t the goal. The goal is to go BEYOND perfection. To constantly practice, improve, get stronger, and to continually evolve.
Never stop practicing! Achievement isn’t the goal, achieving your goals isn’t the goal. Practice for improving your skill and strength is the goal!