Creation and innovation: the keys to develop the spirit of mastery
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo
In a world of shortcuts, hacks, and magic formulas, the appreciation of a gradual development toward mastery is long gone.
Ask any successful entrepreneur, artist, or professional in your field, they will tell you that it took them blood, sweat and tears before generating a respectable income and to master their field.
But after all the patience, determination and perseverance, their hard work paid off.
You need to change your expectations.
The constant quest for shortcuts will leave you defeated and forgotten.
How do you acquire the spirit of mastery?
Here are some thoughts and lessons that I’ve learned from the most successful people of the world.
10 Proven Tips On How to Master Any Subject;
“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs
Good luck mastering a craft that you hate.
To acquire mastery, the craft must bring you back to childhood, where you’re so intrigued that you forget to eat.
If not, you will be easily distracted.
Focus is the only thing that can bring you to the next level.
The first hours of practice are always the hardest because you often lack the basic skills that make the work fun.
Picture someone playing piano for the first time.
You might have a great tempo in your head, but you won’t be able to canalize it on the keyboard.
Once you learn the basics, the work will be much more fun.
I encourage you to read this article if you haven’t found your passion:
“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.” – Brian Adams
Think about martial art movies.
Patience is the first thing that masters teach.
Well, it’s purpose-driven.
They know that the novice need to acquire patience to develop thoughtfulness, depth and knowledge.
3.Practice the basics.
While learning a new skill, we often dive in; we spend nights studying, researching, and desperately practicing.
Then, after a certain degree of success, boredom takes place.
We stop practicing the basics.
This is where the drama starts, and where we start regressing.
It doesn’t matter who you are; a writer writes every day, a web designer design websites every day, and entrepreneurs focus on marketing and selling every day.
Stop practicing your field’s basics, and they’ll be gone with the winds.
Success is rarely random.
If you succeed at something, try to understand the conditions that led to your achievement.
If you failed at something, try to understand what personal or environmental circumstances have led you in the fall.
Then, try to adjust with these circumstances in mind to create a winning situation.
Candles, incense, tables, background music, space, cleanliness, beauty – find what makes you feel good and what triggers your creativity.
Whatever the cost, size, or class, treat your working space with full devotion.
Personally, I like to do my housework and dishes before work, it makes me feel better.
Surround yourself with inspiration, image, beauty and always be grateful for the tools you use.
6.Cultivate your voice.
You might try to imitate your idol, but it never feels as comfortable as with your natural voice.
Explore, and find your own voice.
Otherwise, you might follow somebody else’s route and getting lost in the process.
Practicing will help you to discover your own path.
Listen to your intuition and develop your ideas.
7.Swallow your pride.
Real mastery is a love story with your craft.
You need to continually take great photos, write great blog posts, or create fantastic designs to make the people of your profession take pride in your work.
If you are criticized, don’t take it personally.
If you are praised; don’t let the exposure take control of your head.
Stay focused on your development.
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
If your only aim is to do the right thing or to get the job done, your work will be poor, or just good enough.
Your today’s goal should be connected to your tomorrow’s goal.
Your work should not only aim to affect people today but for generations to come.
Thus, always think further.
Put your today’s work in perspective.
9.When imitated, don’t use reprisals, innovate.
Comes a time when you get so good at what you do that people start to imitate you.
Sometimes, they will try to steal your intellectual property, your business model, your style, or your artistic taste.
We all do that.
We are all influenced by others.
When this happens to you, you’ll feel upset, but rather than trying to fight the imitators, innovate to the next level.
Remember, masters are the one setting the bar high, and ‘’experts’’ chase them.
If you have the right mindset and the right approach, your work will constantly evolve and improve.
Once you acquire a state of mind-control, a state of appreciation, you start enjoying the delicious nuances of life.
10.Think like a scientist.
To gain mastery, one must not take failures or success personally.
You have to be comfortable showing your work to the world and to objectively assess the feedback you receive.
Entrepreneurs must think like scientists.
Develop the ability to test, to make hypotheses, to observe with curiosity, wondering why, to optimize, to re-test and to observe until you are satisfied.
An entrepreneur tests.
So the next time you try to approach a potential customer, and you fail at your attempt, instead of telling yourself; “I knew he would reject me”, put your scientific glasses and think; “I thought my client needed my program, but he rejected me. Interesting, I wonder why? ”
Don’t forget, sharing is sexy!