According to Robert Greene, mastery equals expertise and it is a skill that can be learned and not born with. Which means we can become master at anything that we want through learning . Although,it do takes time and patience since becoming a master or an expert was never easy.
But, there is still a few tips that I know, to cut years of learning and become master at something fast enough. The trick is you must be passionate enough. On the other hand, before I go to the tips, let me start this post with the definition.
What is Mastery?
Simple enough. Mastery would means becoming very good at something that you do and achieved extraordinary results with it. In other words, you become a master or even a grand master. And this kind of peoples are those who go further with an average potential and also they get paid a huge sum of money. Because these kind of people are rare to find nowadays.
In fact, T. Harv Eker, said in his book called Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth “rich people are expert at their fields, middle class people are mediocrity and poor people are poor at their fields”. Why? Simply because you become irreplaceable. You have more experienced, you have more knowledge, you provide extraordinary results and peoples would gladly pay you for that.
Which means you level up by becoming a master. And by becoming a master, you would increase your standard, you become So Good They Can’t Ignore You and you increase your market value. Also, Harv said that success is within anyone’s reach but only if they have discipline, patience, and follow a number of tips as shown below.
Tips on how to mastery anything.
1. Find a Niche that you love.
You have to got to love the things that you do, you have got to have a passion in it because if you don’t. You wont get very far with it. Because according to Mastery by Robert Greene, by not following your passion it is a road to disaster. But, how to find it? Easy enough. you can find out you calling first and learn The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do . Then, ask yourself, Do you love what you do right now? Would you still do it even if it gets super hard? If yes, then you have found it.
The big secret is, if you want to know it is your passion or not is, no matter how hard and how painful the work itself, you can keep on doing it and commit to it. And this will become the living proof that you love doing it and willing go through the difficulties.
“Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not love.”
― Yokohama Mokhonoana
2. Stop Multitasking.
But I have been multitasking since i started studying and it helps a lot. But sadly, it never was. because multitasking is the one of the biggest hurdles preventing us from learning faster. In fact, multitasking is a distraction and according to The ONE Thing, multitasking means screwing more than one thing at a time.
So instead of multitasking, you should be focusing on the one thing that you should be completing and avoids multitasking at all cost. I am still trying this and after a few months doing it, i feel more focus and finish my job earlier than i expected. In fact, multitasking only makes you thing that you do complete more works but the truth is you complete the jobs only at average or below average. Moreover, producing an average job is never if you are the master. Remember, you only have heart and one minds. You are not born to do do two things at a time.
To quote Tony Robbins, repetition is the mother of skills. And this is the hardest part of most students where they don’t want to go through. Because it takes a lot of practice to become a master like the good old saying by Patrick Rothfuss, “Practice Makes The Master“.
In addition, learning requires frequency of doing it and persistence in performing the same skill over and over again, until you can do it subconsciously and become your second nature, without having to think about it. To quote Tony Robbins: “One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want to have an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly.”
Alternatively, according to Leo Bebauta from ZenHabits.net , the other way to master at what you do are:
1. First, you must learn it by reading or listening to others who know how to do it, but most especially by doing.
2. Then do some more. At this point, you’ll start to understand it, but you’ll suck. This stage could take months or years.
3. Do some more. After a couple of years, you’ll get good at it and starting to produce great results.
4. Finally, do some more. If you learn from mistakes, and aren’t afraid to make mistakes in the first place, you’ll go from good to great in no time.
4. Have Faith and Don’t Quit.
Last but not least, I save the best for the last. The main reason they believe in themselves and they do not quit no matter how hard it gets. Winners keeping showing up day after day. They keep on practicing and learning and then keep on doing it some more for a few months and mostly years. Let me tell you something that you already know, there is no short cut for success.
Your only way to be great and extraordinary is through the pain, the agony and the difficulties. These things are what preparing you to become the master. And the good news is anyone can do it. It just takes some time and a lot of practice. I end this point with a quote from the legendary Albert Einstein “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person”.
The Ten Thousand Hours Rule.
According to the Outliers: The Story of Success, to become so good at what you do, you need to at least to practice it for at least 10,000 hours. However, nowadays doing only for 10,000 hours is not enough because the practice time is only one factor from the key element of success. .
Why? Because a normal person can also put out the practice hour until reaching 10,000 hours. But what separate, the master and the mediocrity guy is they do something that is hard and exhausting, and keep doing it for at least 10,000 hours. Which come back to reason number 1 above, that you must have a passion and love for it. Because if you don’t, you going to quit it pretty easily especially if you do it for the money.
To become master at something, money would be the least of your problems because you would focusing on building your skills set first. The money would only come later in the process.
In a nutshell, mastery at what you do is essential if you want to be successful at what industry you are in no matter you working for someone else or starting up your own business. Mastery can be learn and it takes time. Before I end, this post, here is a 30 minutes video from Tony Robbins on how to master anything.
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