Being Basic

Once you dive into an area of interest, it’s very easy to get caught up in the minutia, and quickly want to get flashy about it.

What I’ve seen that separates the masters from the amateurs is how well they understand and execute the basics.

The best bartenders I know don’t do flare bartending, but they can absolutely NAIL an old fashioned.

The best dressed men in my life don’t do loud colors and flashy patterns, but their suit game is immaculate.

It’s easy to look like you know what you’re doing by throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall; the more components there are, the less any one of them can drag down the overall result.

The challenge is that the basics aren’t necessarily fun or sexy. Practicing them can be tedious. But mastery of the basics tends to result in a higher level of overall proficiency.

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