I’ve been studying Mastery this year, and the values and characteristics of people who become masters in their field and trade. What does it really take? Here are nuggets of wisdom if you also want to be on a path to Mastery:
“What separates Masters from others is often something surprisingly simple. Whenever we learn a skill, we frequently reach a point of frustration – what we are learning seems beyond our capabilities. Giving in to these feelings, we unconsciously quit on ourselves before we actually give up. The difference is not simply a matter of determination, but more of trust and faith. Many of those who succeed in life have had the experience of their youth of having mastered some skill – a sport or game, a musical instrument, a foreign language, and so on. Buried in their minds is the sensation of overcoming their frustrations and entering the cycle of accelerated returns. In moments of doubt in the present, the memory of the past experience rises to the surface. Filled with trust in the process, they trudge on well past the point at which others slow down or mentally quit.
“When it comes to mastering a skill, time is the magic ingredient. Assuming your practice proceeds at a steady level, over days and weeks certain elements of the skill become hardwired. Slowly, the entire skill becomes internalized, part of your nervous system. The mind is no longer mired in the details, but can see the larger picture. It is a miraculous sensation and practice will lead you to that point, no matter the talent level you are born with. The only real impediment to this is yourself and your emotions – boredom, panic, frustration, insecurity. You cannot suppress such emotions – they are normal to the process and are experienced by everyone, Masters included. What you can do is have faith in the process. The boredom will go away.”
Excerpt from Mastery by Robert Greene, p. 77
(Artwork by Michael Vincent Manalo, Philippines)
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