How do you attain mastery?

It’s been one of my obsessions since a teenager — to be master of something. I didn’t know at the time that I was asking for something I wouldn’t even be ready for until I turned 30. But I guess that’s how life plays out for most of us.

Found this nugget from George Leonard’s Mastery:

“We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process, a
journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year.
The master is the one who is willing to try, and fail, and try again, for as long as he
or she lives.”

It’s about a process, a journey. And only the ones who diligently trust and follow the process make it through the journey. Patience, persistence, practice, discipline and trusting that it will be all worth it is how you get started. Without these elements, you simply cannot make it beyond days or weeks.

Showing up at a motivational seminar (or webinar these days) isn’t enough to get you going. Nor is journaling stuff down without following through on any action any good. You’re either in for the long haul or just not in the game. It’s that simple or brutal, depending on which side you’re on.

There are no in-betweens in pursuit of mastery.

Are you game?