Anyone can master any skill, but not all are successful. Some of us succumb to pitfalls such as fear, uncertainty, impatience, and boredom, which harm our learning and stop progress toward mastery. You need to know that becoming an expert requires time. Forget the life hacks and other shortcuts you read on the internet that pervert the meaning of “expert” with enticing content that usually make us think we can become experts by doing little in a short amount of time.
Here’s the roadmap that can help you master any skill.
Reconnect to Your Roots
Rediscovering the primal instinct that first sparked your curiosity is the first step to becoming a master. Most people discovered it when they were children but had this suppressed by societal pressures, peers, and parents. Allowing this suppression to influence you can only result in unhappiness.
American author Robert Greene offers strategies for finding your calling to reconnect to your roots.
- Return to your origins. Think of things that you were obsessed with when you were young. Many masters found their inclinations when they were children.
- Occupy the perfect niche. Look for a field where you can flourish your skills.
- Avoid false paths. Have the courage to pursue your interests and be honest about them. Don’t be distracted on the field for popularity, wealth, or pressure from family and friends.
- Let go of the past. Your past decisions don’t reflect who you are and shouldn’t weigh you down. Quit if something feels wrong.
- Find your way back. Throughout your journey, you’ll encounter some hardships. If you decide to quit, you can always return.
It’s essential to start with one skill that you can master, which serves as a foundation for acquiring others. You should avoid the idea that you can manage to learn various skills at a time. Collect as many “recipes” as possible. These can be instructions from classes, books, blogs, forums, or any other guides. Remember that these recipes should apply to one skill, which will serve as your foundation for others.
You should experiment with these recipes to really advance. Try different recipe combinations and do anything that will add layers of complexity as a challenge. It is just normal to make a lot of mistakes. Embrace failure and push through to advance.
Absorb the Master’s Power
You should accept that there are people who know our field much more deeply than we do. Get a mentor who can focus full attention on helping you better assess your skills and accelerate your learning. Look for a mentor who can help with your needs and inclination. The mentor should provide you with support, direction, confidence, and space to discover things independently.
Awaken the Dimensional Mind
In accumulating more skills and internalizing the rules that govern your field, your mind will want to become more active. Your mind will seek to use this knowledge in ways that are best suited to your inclinations. Your focus now is to think beyond conventional wisdom and awaken the dimensional mind. You should not conform to recycled methods as they will only constraints your growth.
Attaining mastery requires immersing ourselves in a field of study and sticking to our inclinations, regardless of how unconventional our approach might seem to others. You should fuse the intuitive with reality to allow our intuition to respond to any circumstance irrespective of how unorthodox it looks.
Best of luck in your journey to becoming a master of your craft.