You don’t get mastery of any skill with a quick fix; you can’t attain skill like that from an ‘instant expert’ cocktail swallowed down in a week of casual reading. Mastery is achieved over time.
Those who are committed to excellence know there isn’t one moment in time when you can say “Ahh, I’ve made it”
Yet attaining mastery in your discipline or field could be one of your most satisfying goals. It’s not for the fainthearted. Many people ‘want’ to attain greatness. But who will do what’s required? One who wants to master his or her profession or skill is on a long journey to a summit few get anywhere near. The journey itself is a prolonged test. What happens along the way shapes and molds those who undertake it, as steel changes in a blacksmith’s fire.
Kyoshi Gary Simpson, who is a master of his craft as few are, demonstrated his understanding of this when he said . . . “Are you relentless? That is, do you just keep going when the times get tough? There will be tough times, of that you can be assured. ”
Everyone enjoys the view from the top; most of us want a ski lift to get us up there.
Committing to a discipline or task in this way means being prepared for the long haul; being prepared for the tough times.
Where’s your creative journey taking you next?