Recently one of my Teachers mentioned a book that he had read “Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment”, which outlines the art of mastering, and how individuals come onto the path of mastery along with what they experience in their journey of mastery. – You got it, it was a my kind a book. So off I want to Amazon and ordered my copy (shame they don’t have it on the kindle).
The book is a must for anyone that is looking to master anything, whether its studying, driving, losing weight, or mastering the art of perfect relationship, the concept can be applied to anything you want to strive for.outlines and creates the perfect mindset and curves the path for an individual to picture what they want to achieve, and how to achieve it.
What is Mastery
Something that becomes a second nature for you, you do the act or action so well that you do not need to think about it, the process of learning this and conquering this is mastery. For example driving a car, when changing gears you have to push the clutch down with your left leg, in the beginning it can be quite a task when you have to think to shift your hand from gear one to two, and simultaneously push the clutch with your leg, for some this might be a walk in the park, but for some it may require lessons and lessons of practise, until a point when you start to do this naturally and becomes second nature. These efforts and practise that you put into learning this is the path of mastery
The above is just a simple example, you can now put the same context into learning a new language. When you first want to master a new language, you are learning a list of vocabulary, which is one element and process of learning a new language, but then constructing a meaningful sentence with the vocabulary that you have learnt is the second part, which puts your mind to test and makes you think which word goes where, but then the putting everything that you have learnt into practise, and practice again until it becomes second nature and you don’t need to think on how to construct sentences and what vocabulary to use, just like how you now speak your first language right now.
How does one master something
George explains, mastery is not something that one is born with, many will want to or will come onto the path of mastering (how many times have we said we want to lose weight, or start to exercise, or try something new) its available for anyone who wishes or is willing to devote and persevere on the path of mastery, but due to resistances and obstacles on the path many will easily go astray or fall of the path of mastery.
There are many reasons why many come of the path of mastering something is majority due to not having clear guide on how to achieve something, or are looking for quick solutions and quick fixes. Unfortunately we live in a society where our lifestyles have become extremely fast and everyone is looking for quick solutions. Yes quick solutions may solve the problem, but what you will find is that its only temporally fix, and there will always be a risk of the error or need being raised again.
A Plummer comes to fix a leak in a water pipe, the ideal fix would be to replace the pipe which of course is time consuming, requires allot more work and probably even costly. But what he does is blocks the leak with a leak blocker. Which is a temporary fix, yes its fixed the problem, but hasn’t eradicated the issue.
Meet the dabbler, Obsessive, and Hacker
Second Chapter in the book
One of my favourite chapters, where George categorises individuals into different groups, and I’m sure we can all put ourselves into one of these individual categories and also know and have seen many around us who fit perfectly into these categories.
Overview of dabbler:
Dabbler is someone who has a long resume, as he/she will only dabble in tasks, their enjoyment is being the environment of being new, and trying new things, even though they do not master or become experts in that filed that does not matter. As they progress through lessons or their job, they are very overwhelmed and share their experience with everyone (I’m sure we’ve read someone on our Facebook / Twitter shout this out). After a while they start to lose interest and miss lessons, or miss days of their work, and slowly shift out of the interest. Their excuse is generally that it was not right for them, not what they expected, to competitive or too much of a challenge.
They are than on a look for the next task, and when they find the next task (sport, job….etc) they go through the whole process again, being extremely excited and then start to dip gradually.
Are you a dabbler? – For sure I can put some of my attempts in sports, business and other tasks into this category.
Overview of the obsessive?
Obsessive is someone that is extremely competitive, being second is not a choice for them, it’s all about being the best, and doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you get there fast, before everyone (remind you of someone?). He gets so observed to be the best that he would buy books, DVDs, tapes and even take extra tuition so that he can be the best.
What you would generally find is that the this obsessive character generally would result to taking short cuts to achieve results. As mentioned above taking short cuts will just temporally solve the problem, and not make you a master.
Overview of the hacker?
Have you ever come across someone that will do enough or put enough effort in just to get buy, they will not go out of the way to grow their skills, and expand forward, but initially they will learn enough so that the job gets done. Someone that’s not bad at his job, but also not a master at his skills.
Whether you are a, dabbler, obsessor or a hacker, what you will find is that you may be a dabbler in certain things, a hacker in others and obsessive in some. But these will not make you a master in your art. Whatever you are setting out to accomplish, you will always find resistance. Resistance can come in many forms such as:
- family distractions
- Peer pressure
- Work related stress
- Health issues
- Laziness and tiredness
- …etc anything that will distract you and take you off your course of mastery.
In the book George mentions the different types of resistance that you will come across and how you can deal with them. Overall the key is persevere and keep going, if you really want to master something there is nothing stopping you except yourself.
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Happy Reading 🙂