“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”-Michelangelo.
This is the start of the new series about MASTERY. This series will discuss how to master different things according to the layout of this blog post. This is the introduction to mastery and I would like to start with a universal layout for mastering anything of your choice. The posts following that for the next couple of weeks will be about using examples to show how these steps work. Here are the universal steps:
1. Learn “Book Knowledge” – This should be the first step to any journey to mastery. This step makes us aware of components involved with what we are trying to master. It is impossible to master anything without knowing everything that is included. The foundation that is laid in this step will be what sets you up for success or doom you to failure. This step can be achieved in many ways. Just to name a few…
Look at how-to blogs online
Look at YouTube Videos about what you are interested in
Look for forums online about your area of interest
Podcasts about what you are trying to master
Webinars or Seminars about what you are interested in
2. Get Real World Experience – After understanding your area of interest from a “classroom” perspective, it is time to get some experience. Many argue that experience is more important than anything else when it comes to mastery. I prefer to look at it in the sense that experience is just one PART of the equation of mastery.
This step is where we will make mistakes and LEARN from those mistakes so that they do not happen again. Eventually most of the possible mistakes have been made which cuts down the amount of potential mistakes. As less mistakes are made, mastery draws ever closer. People who eliminate mistakes in their environment to stay comfortable also cut of their growth process. It is ONLY through mistakes that we can truly learn.
3. Acquire New Habits From Experience – Experience gives us the opportunity to make mistakes. As we make mistakes, we learn and then develop new and easier ways of doing things. When we find these easier ways, we make them our default processes and they become our habits. Habits are the mind and body’s way of saving energy.
Habits are basically computer programs that our brains run whenever they are needed. By using these brain created “programs,” it helps to conserve energy by requiring little to no thought. A perfect example is driving home from work. At first it requires thought and effort to make it to your job but gradually it became so easy that you do not even have to think about it while you are driving. This is a perfect example of habits saving energy.
4. Make Habits 2nd Nature Through Repetition – As you perform your habits more and more, they will become a PART of who you are as a person. The execution of these habits will become almost unnoticeable because they are used every day. In order to truly master something, you must allow it to become “PART” of who you are. The “PART” we are talking about is of course your habits.
5. Share Your Knowledge – Many people often work very hard to master something. This can cause a feeling of wanting to keep knowledge to themselves so that others have to work for it just as hard. The interesting thing is that as humans, we remember 90% of what we teach. If you compare that to how much information we remember during a lecture which is 5%, that is quite a bit. So if you want to become a true master, then you must teach others what you have learned. This step is what will set everything in stone inside of your own mind so that you will never forget it.
That is all it takes. It does take a lot of time, patience and effort but in the end, MASTERY is worth every bit of work that was required to feed it. Hard work and dedication will be some of the fondest memories when we are old and close to the end of life here on Earth. It is at least something to think about. If you get a chance you can check out Part II of our Mastery Series .
“We are the Young Life Perception”