Mastering: the Verb, Not the Noun

Chef cooking
February 26, 2022
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When we consider what it takes to become a "master" of something, the tendency is to think of the process as having a destination that one ultimately arrives at. 

What we have observed, however, is that true masters look at the road ahead of them as one that not only never ends, but one filled with abundance. [because after all, without more to find over the next hill, what reason would there be to keep going?] It's the journey, not the destination.

Regardless of whether you believe in the 10,000 Hour Rule, or not, to truly master something is to focus on the verb of the word, rather than the noun.

It's the same reason a Michelin Star chef will travel to parts unknown throughout their career to learn new techniques of cooking, or why a fine woodworker will spend years living in a foreign country to hone his/her craft.

True masters never arrive, they just are.  They love the process, and learning new things, and are completely obsessed with what lays ahead.

What do you aspire to "master" in your lifetime?  Write back and let us know!

Thank you for reading and make it a great week!

Written by Jim Martin

Hello! I'm Jim, thank you for stopping by!

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