Venice is the ultimate Italian Jewel. It has a significance – there are no motorized vehicles in the entire island. It makes walking across the alleys a joy! Gondolas, pasta, masks, people, coffee – everything about Venice is wonderful! [Read more…]
If you are starting out with your business, chances are very high that there are many advisors. One common (and cliched) advise is this… [Read more…]
I am a big fan of Agile Manifesto. If you haven’t read it before, I urge you to take a look (link here) – even if you have nothing with Agile! It is simple, precise and doesn’t prohibit anything. It sets the right priorities for Agile Software Development.
Inspired by Agile Manifesto, here I go with my version of Great Life Manifesto. [Read more…]
In a recent podcast from Robin Sharma, I came across a simple but powerful quote.
Health is a crown on the well person’s head that only an ill person can see.
There is enormous truth in this message. We often undermine the importance of health. When we try to spring back, it is often late. [Read more…]
What is one factor that makes all the difference between good and great?
Yes, you got it right. It is Mastery.
Have you ever been mesmerised by a musician engrossed in his masterpiece?
Have you ever watched your favourite sportsperson playing like a pro, with grace and charm?
These are examples of Mastery.
The beauty lies in the flawless delivery, the ease, and the classical grace.
In my book on Productivity, I talk about Flow. Flow is wonderful; multiple flow states lead to mastery and the mastery itself is engulfed in the state of flow.
It is not about being the best. It is not about earning fame or money. Often these are the outcomes of mastery, not the means.
Here are some ideas towards mastery. It can be applied to anything that you would like to master.
- Develop a Passion – Passion is a lot more than interest. Dr. APJ Kalam, a great scientist, once exclaimed, “Dreams are not something that you get in your sleep; they are something that doesn’t let you sleep”
- Learning is essential, not optional – In Japanese, the road to mastery is classified into three stages; Shu, Ha, Ri. Shu is to learn, Ha is to diverge and Ri is to master
- Enjoy the journey – It is impossible to master anything unless you enjoy doing the act. Make your practice and delivery enjoyable
- Be patient – In this age of fast foods, patience remains just a virtue. Everyone strives for mastery in a very short period of time. There is nothing wrong with the pursuit but don’t let this wear you down
Mastery is beautiful.
Choose your passion. Work on it. Let the journey begin.