Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once asked God to give him the power to will one thing. Amid all the distractions of life, he asked for the power to live a focused life, wholeheartedly, towards a single point.
We have all known geniuses and others who have practised a secular version of this. They have found their talent and speciality. They focus monomaniacally upon it. They put in the 10,000 hours (and more) that true excellence requires.