Take any activity and you'll find people performing at four different levels of participation.
1. The Dabbler
The Dabbler's learning curve rises very quickly, meets an obstacle and then drops to zero, since the dabbler gives up the activity and
goes on to another; repeating the same curve on different activities.
2. The Obsessive
The Obsessive's learning curve rises quickly, meets obstacles, which The Obsessive tackles by redoubling his effort, getting more books and tools
and trying to figure out ways to get better results faster and cheaper, and then burns out in a short while when he finds that the curve is
not a straight line upwards.
3. The Hacker
The Hacker's learning curve rises quickly, meets an obstacle or two and then plateaus out on a straight line. The Hacker doesn't consider
the need for more instruction or rising above that level. He is content with level reached and plans to stay at that level.
4. The Master
The Master's learning curve rises quickly, plateaus for a while, and with consistent practice, rises again with some regression and
plateaus again for a while and so on. The Master knows that Mastery is a lifetime path. The Master enjoys living on the plateau. The Master
knows that while he is on the plateau, learning is happening and practice will inevitably raise him to a higher level.
The Five Keys to Mastery
Key 1: INSTRUCTION - get an instructor.
Key 2: PRACTICE - learn to love the plateau and practice for the sake of practice.
Key 3: SURRENDER - surrender to the learning process and the learning curve.
Key 4: INTENTIONALITY - bring all of your willpower and the mental game to the learning.
Key 5: THE EDGE - focus on the fundamentals and the leading-edge.
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