A long time ago, to be recognized as a man of value by fellow tribe members, a man had to master an important skill: The survival of tribe depended on the building of shelters, and diver’s tools to hunt or kill the enemies. Even if a men was shorter, weaker and not an excellent warrior or hunter, he could have had a respectable social status among the other man if he had mastered a valuable craft. Such skills could take many years to master, but, with discipline and perseverance, one could gain such valuable talent.
In today’s age, the average chumps want to have everything the easy way. Easy-money, easy-women, easy-muscle, easy-success. They don’t have the time or even the will to master a skill it’s way too long and dull; failing to understand that mastering a skill is laying the foundation of something powerful with which they could feed their life’s hunger.
By their early 30s, without any real talent, many will face a miserable future.
Dullness, impatience and attention deficit disorder
We are so used to fast-paced entertainment everywhere that we have become very impatient. Express mail, high-speed internet, first person shooter video games, smart phones, internet everywhere, instant noodles and microwave diners, we are getting used to get everything what we want very fast. Waiting years for results is unthinkable for most people now. We have become extremely impatient and we cannot stand the tediousness of anything that doesn’t give instant result.
This new childish trend, this new global attention deficit disorder is far from being an evolution. If anything, it’s a plague for the new generation of men. Anything great you build in your life will require years of practice with discipline, focus and perseverance.
If you cannot handle boredom and repetitive tasks, you will never achieve mastery in anything, and without mastery, don’t bother to think about success. You will most likely become one of those chumps who fall again and again for those “get everything you want in life quickly for only 4 easy payment of 99.99$” type of schemes.
Any skills that are worth something interesting require efforts, efforts that are most of the time not really exciting in the present moment. The more time they take to acquire, the fewer people will possess them, thus increasing their value on the market.
You have to keep the big picture in mind; in a decade from now, when you truly master your ability will you experience how much more satisfaction, pride, wealth, power and excitement will you be able to get out of it in comparison to the modern masturbatory entertainment.
When you start getting good at something, you start to see things you haven’t seen before; you start to understand connections and possibilities while new opportunities take shape just in front of your eyes.
Creativity kicks in and your mind becomes even more absorbed in mastering the skill in a much deeper way you could ever imagine.
That is what I call a powerful investment in yourself!
What is even more powerful and exhilarating when you go on that road is when you start to master the process of mastering a skill. That’s when things become really interesting.
There are no shortcuts
Don’t trust anything that is fast and easy, because if anyone can do it without any real efforts, it’s probably worthless. You must first accept that the boring monotony of trying and doing again and again the same repetitive task for years is simply part of the process.
You have to tame your mind, to endure it without giving up and keep that going for years without being in a hurry; just by slowly keeping the motion going step by step, with confidence, you will, one day, enjoy great pleasure and power from it.
No need to be in a hurry; it will take years anyway! Schedule it and do it every day and discover a comforting effect in the process. Make it a part of who you are and don’t focus too much on the final result; focus on the learning process.
I wanted to hunt with a traditional recurve bow, just for my personal satisfaction. Hunting with such a bow requires a certain level of mastery in the tool.
Here was my plan to start-up the process. For the 4 month of the first summer, I will shoot 30 arrows per day on my practice target. I should reach approximately 3600 shot by the end of the summer. After that, based on what I have learned, I will increase the challenge by shooting in different conditions from different angles.
I do that as a hobby, to relax at the end of the day instead of playing video games or watching porn, so I’m not in a hurry, but 3 summers after I start, I will have shot nearly 10 000 arrows.
How good do you think I will be?
Certainly good enough to hit a moving deer on my first shot!
Mastering a new talent is not a sprint! It’s a marathon, it’s all about repetition, patience, persistence and discipline. Once you got those, mastery and is power can be yours.
If your interested to really master one or many great skills, become a champion or an expert in something and make a lot of money. I recommend you to read this great book by Thomas Sterner The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life — Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process. It goes deep in the subject, no filling, and he explain the process clearly. Highly recommended! Also Available in Audio!
Until next time
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