Becoming a Master

It’s a choice, as most (if not all) things are. You don’t stop learning, but the mindset is different, because you set a goal and determine yourself to achieve it no matter what. This is very different from perfectionism, which is the quest for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or as Steven Pressfield quite rightly writes in his new book “Turning Pro”, it’s a symptom of fear. The counterpart of perfectionism, by the way, is utility – settling for “good enough”. Both are the results of fuzzy goal setting, which many people tend to because it feels like a safe bet. Not only do you have some leeway in terms of a preempted excuse if the result lingers on the utility side, but also a higher chance of exceeding expectations, the thinking goes. And while one may think that this never works in the big picture, it does if for instance a whole company applies it. For some time, it will give them enough comfort on the inside, but on the outside this company fails. But this is another story.

For the individual, becoming a master, or turning pro, remains a conscious choice. And as Steven Pressfield writes, it’s free, but not without cost, it demands sacrifice. And it’s not for everyone.

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