Mastery is a difficult to attain, but fulfilling. Mastering ourselves and craft can be the ultimate pleasure.
Here is how to master anything according to famed author, Robert Greene:
1 – Understand yourself and what it is you are called to do.
2 – Dedicate yourself to learning. Go to school. Be an apprentice. Intern. Just keep learning.
3 – Be humble, Do away with ego, pride and arrogance.
4 – Let go of comfort. Push yourself and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
5 – When you have learned, be bold and pursue your goals.
6 – Criticisms should not be rejected. Take them in stride and grow.
7 – Get your emotions in check. Sometimes, emotional maturity trumps intelligence.
8 – Develop your social intelligence and empathy.
9 – Move past the habitual tendency to judge others or idealize/demonize them, and simply observe them rather than projecting your own thoughts, emotions, or insecurities onto them.
10 – You must be wary of many peoples’ tendencies to display certain vices that could hinder your progress, such as: envy, conformism, rigidity, self-obsessiveness, laziness, flightiness, and passive aggression.
11 – Learn to speak through your work, and to win others to your side of thinking by being patient and letting what you have done speak for itself.
12 – Try to see yourself as other see you, so that you can remain emotionally detached and try to improve upon your flaws and shortcomings.
13 – Suffer fools gladly, and don’t take criticism seriously or personally from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
14 – Return to your childlike sense of wonder and endless curiosity about all things in order to stimulate your creative energy.
15 – Drop all preconceived notions about he world, and utilize the power of your imagination to the fullest.
16 – Always be open and receptive to new ideas that challenge conventionality, and don’t be afraid of thinking something that is unpopular.
17 – Love learning for its own sake, and connect a wide array of ideas from different fields of study and disciplines.
18 – Maintain a sense of destiny/purpose and feel consciously connected to it.
19 – Qualities that will help you succeed: Self-discipline, desire, persistence, focus, effort, patience, energy, obsessiveness, observance, confidence, trust in self, emotional commitment, humility, adaptability, boldness, openness.
20 – Qualities that hinder your success: Complacency, conservatism, dependency, impatience, grandiosity, inflexibility, distractibility, becoming egotistical, close-mindedness.