Posts tagged mastery
3 Steps to a Career that Sparks Joy

Creative people love dabbling in everything from design to painting and it can be difficult to let go of some pursuits in order to let others thrive. But if we don't learn to focus, we reduce our chance for substantial growth in the areas that we truly love.

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If you aren't passionate about anything, here's what you need to do.

I've long believed that passion begets mastery. Not the other way around. But as I've come to realize more about how social structures and the human mind work, I'm beginning to wonder if I have been wrong. Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss featuring Kevin Kelly, I heard him explain it this way:

What you really want to do is master something and to use your mastery of something as a way to get to your passion. So if you start with just passion, it's sort of paralyzing because some people aren't lucky enough to know what they're passionate about.

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I don't want to live a life based on decisions made by an 18 year old

Habits and routines are a fascinating way in which the mind conserves its energy and stamina. By putting certain tasks on rails, the mind can tune out and rest on autopilot. It's your body's natural way of guarding against burnout by noon. Tasks that are trivial such as driving to work, taking a shower or fixing your cup of coffee are habitualized quickly which is why you sometimes find yourself pulling up at work without remembering the drive to get there. It's muscle memory. Let's say you're on your way to work and you see a wreck up ahead and the traffic is beginning to back up pretty heavily. Your mind suddenly switches off autopilot and takes control again, recalculating the best route to work based on your familiar with the surrounding streets, how much time you have to get to work, the weather, the density of traffic and a host of other factors. The wreck gave your mind the jolt it needed to get back to work.

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He Was Only 26 - making every minute count

26 years in his life.
365 days in a year.
24 hours in a day.
60 minutes in an hour.

=13,665,600 minutes.

It is recorded that Michelangelo sculpted one of his masterpieces and one of the crown jewels of the Renaissance - the acclaimed "David" - at the ripe age of twenty-six. While it may be argued that it was a product of genius, it is also recorded that the world-renown prodigy produced numbers of pieces (research how many) before his masterpiece surfaced.

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