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.