The first step is to select the right record – and this begins with an honest self-assessment. "People don't always connect their personal talents to setting a record," says Janela. Like starting a business, don't set out in unfamiliar territory when the odds are already against you. If you're good at whittling, focus on whittling. If you're good at chopping down trees, chop down a lot of trees. If you're really fast, find something else you're good at – there are a lot of people who are faster than you. The thing you're best at is unlikely to be the thing you're best in the world at. The thing that you care about that everyone else ignores, that's the ticket.
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