3 Keys To Mastery, Finding Your Passion & Simplifying Life

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The 3 Keys To Achieving Mastery & How To Uncover Your Passion (The Best Fuel Source For The Journey!)

The pinnacle of all learning & skill acquisition is ‘mastery’...

It’s a term we’ve reserved exclusively for those at the absolute highest level of what they do; the top 1% (or 0.1%) within a given sport, craft, industry, or profession...

But this level of mastery isn’t just reached casually, part-time & it doesn’t just happen on its own…

And it’s definitely not easy to achieve…

…although what we’re going to cover in this week’s newsletter can make the hard work required to get there feel largely effortless (doesn’t feel like work) most of the time...

Also to start, what those before us who have achieved this mastery in their own work & lives have left for us are clues that we can assess, analyze & utilize in our own lives to achieve our own mastery...

More specifically, there are 3 foundational keys that those at the highest levels of mastery all sharewhich are universal, transferable & can be applied to across all fields & industries...

So whatever your ‘main thing’ is or is going to be (be it music or a musical instrument, a certain sport, video editing, graphic design, architecture, sales, or entrepreneurship), these foundations serve as a guide to what it takes to become great at what you do…

They are:

  1. Passion (as we’ll explore in this week’s newsletter)

  2. Self-Discipline & Hard Work (as we covered in a previous newsletter)

  3. Constant Innovation (that is, every day asking “How can I become/make this better?” & constantly striving to improve.)

Leonardo da Vinci mastered multiple disciplines including painting, sculpture, anatomy, engineering & mathematics…

Marie Curie's groundbreaking research on radioactivity earned her two Nobel Prizes & laid the foundation for modern nuclear physics & medicine…

Steve Jobs revolutionized the technology industry & his mastery extended beyond product innovation to include marketing, branding & creating a culture of innovation at Apple Inc…

Take any top individuals & ‘master’ now or throughout history & you’ll find these common themes play out as part of their story…

You’ll see the passion that motivated them…

The hard work they put in (as we covered in that other newsletter)...

And the constant desire to improve & get better...

In this week's newsletter, we are going to dive deep into the first of these 3 foundational keys (the one that really gets us in the game in the first place, as well as makes the next one a whole lot easier)...

We’ll share some stories & examples of how the world’s best applied it…

As well as how you can apply it in your own life to create not just the success you want but the fulfillment along with it as well...

Let’s talk about it…

Passion: The Inner Fire/Fuel For Mastery

Whether it’s Tiger Woods drawing golf trajectories as a very young child…

Mozart composing music before his 6th birthday…

Picasso the 50,000+ paintings he created in his lifetime…

Or Bobby Fischer, age 6, playing chess against himself because he had nobody else to play with...

They all share one thing in common & it's the love for their craft...

(we’re using the term ‘passion’ but it goes by other names as well including one that generally has a negative connation although not in this context, ‘obsession’)

In their story of high achievers, you’ll observe a deep fascination with a particular topic, skill, field of study, question, or part of our world & it’s that which motivates them every day…

Just like a car requires some sort of fuel to move forward, we, as human beings, require some sort of passion, purpose, or motivation to take action…

And most extrinsic motivators (fuel sources) can only get you so far…

The possibility of a trophy or promotion (& the boosted status that comes with it) may get you to train/work hard for a few weeks / months beforehand, but that fuel runs out shortly/immediately after...

Curiosity (mild, fleeting, the spark) which can turn into full-fledged passion (severe, relentless, the raging fire) are a rare fuel source in that they has the possibility of never running out…

They just keep burning inside you possibly forever, fueling to keep going, keep exploring & keep venturing forward...

But a lot of people in this world lack this type of passion..

They go through life without any real sense of passion, or higher purpose, for what they do…

Rather than starting their learning, skill development & mastery endeavors with passion, many people start with motives of financial or status incentives…

In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons why so many hate their jobs!

Many people start their jobs (& careers) not based on intrinsic curiosities, passions & interests but instead, based on extrinsic motivators like money, existing skills demands from parents, or a number of other reasons…

In the beginning, even this is fine…

It’s fresh.

It’s new.

And everything that’s novel has some natural allure to it…

They may even enjoy the job & the income, the perks, or the potential of a promotion that comes with it...

But, over time, the excitement from money or promotions fades away / it’s not a sustainable motivation source, like intrinsic passion is…

Which all leads people to, eventually, reach burnout…

That’s when they begin to increasingly hate their jobs & careers…

And they spend a large part of their workweek just awaiting the weekend & then dreading Monday morning… (the highest suicide rate is sadly Monday morning!)

Which makes other stories in which people willingly & voluntarily work 70, 80, or 90 hours a week (without taking weekends off, even if they could) ever more shocking…

We think those people are crazy or at the extreme as ‘workoholics’ without realizing, often, those people are in a great/the best position because they love what they do & have a strong passion for it

As the saying goes:

“If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life”

They love what they do.

And they genuinely love Mondays…

And also they tend to compartmentalize their lives a lot less than people who view ‘work’ as something they hate, but pay the bills so they can enjoy their ‘life’ outside of work…

They view their ‘work’ as their purpose, their calling or their mission.

It’s meaningful & deeply fulfilling…

Here’s the next insight…

What Exactly Is Passion?

‘Passion’ is not to be confused with your level of understand / knowledge of a particular topic or level of skill…

While the 2 are definitely linked (with greater competence generally comes greater passion — we love what we are good at!) they are not the same...

And some curiosity/passion generally has to come first to get you to even want to become good at something which then makes you even more passionate about it... like a cycle/loop…

Also, it doesn’t have to be a particular topic (as you can would see on a school curriculum) or skills (as we generally think of them)…

Albert Einstein’s passion, for example, wasn’t merely the subject of ‘physics’, but rather a deep curiosity about & passion for understanding the invisible forces of the universe…

Mozart’s passion wasn’t just playing the piano, but rather composition & creating music…

It’s this passion that, in many ways, enabled Mozart to put in an estimated 3500 hours of music training, before age 6!

If ‘music’ was something he was ‘forced’ to learn, odds are, he would have settled & put in the bare minimum amount of work possible…

However, because it was a passion that fueled him, naturally, he was more willing to train harder…

Understanding this nuance is incredibly powerful because it allows us to expand our realms of possibility…

Although Martin Luther King Jr was a minister & activist, his passion was bigger than that...

His passion was about equality & human rights, not just ‘being a minister’...

Being a minister or civil rights activist was simply a ‘vehicle’ for him to fulfill his passions, in the same way, physics was Einstein’s ‘vehicle’ to follow his fascination…

We mustn’t mistake the ‘vehicle’ for the ‘passion’ itself…

Sometimes the topic or skill is the passion in itself, but sometimes, it’s not… & we must consider this in our own lives...

And when you do find your passion, you’ll know because it activates a new sense of energy & excitement in your life, which will pull you towards mastery at something…

All of this does pose the question though...

How To Find Your Passion

There is no one pattern or solution that shows up repeatedly amongst those who have found their passion & followed it until they reached mastery…

There are clues...

Throughout history, many found their passion deep in their childhood when they received an item, met a particular person, or encountered a certain circumstance…

Although a big part of this is not necessarily the age but simply the fact that we explore a lot more when we’re kids & experience a lot more “first’s” that we do as adults…

…unless of course, we consciously choose to get out of our ‘comfort zone’, adopt a child-like approach & start experiencing more new things again — more on this in a moment.

Others, like in the instance of Mozart, it was influenced by his family environment in which his father was a pianist & his older sister, Maria, was already learning the piano…

And for others, they simply re-connected with a topic or skill they used to enjoy in the past...

(when we’re younger much of what we do we do free of outside obligation & the only reason we do is because we want to & we enjoy it. You can use this asking yourself “what did/do I enjoy doing for it’s own sake?”)

For some, their passion finds them & for others, they have to actively go out there & seek it…

As to how you do that, the best insight is simply to test, taste & experience as much as possible.

You can start with a simple list of things you think you might be fascinated by & go out there to experience them…

As part of this, do things you wouldn’t normally do.

Travel.

Meet new people.

Explore learning new topics or skills.

The more you explore & get out of your comfort zone, the more you can find out (about yourself & the world)

Just like you discovered your dream car, or what your favorite food is, or your favourite movie, by seeing & testing a lot of them first, before eventually settling on a ‘favourite’...

…the more things you test & experience, the greater your odds of finding something that deeply arouses your fascination, curiosity & creates that fire of passion inside you.

In other words, when you’re finding your passion, you want to say ‘yes’ to everything you can… & only once you find it, begin to say ‘no’ to increase focus, specialize & really concencrate on that thing that you’re passionate about…

One final insight we’ll add here is this…

Almost Everything Can Be Turned Into A Career!

There are people whose passion is making their own homemade jewelry, who today have an amazing career & make a great living through this, selling it online...

There are others whose passion is a fascination with nature & plants, who create a good living by monetizing this passion by blogging about plants, publishing ebooks on the topic, or leading nature retreats out into the wilderness to help others connect the nature that modern city life lacks...

Everything can be monetized & turned into a career if you’re creative enough (in large part thanks to today’s modern world, how it’s arranged, globalization, technological advancements, etc)

And, if you’re still in doubt of this, just go & search the internet & you will find people making a living (or building a fortune) from the craziest things…

You’ll find these weird & wonderful examples which may just build up your own belief that it’s really possible…

However, as we know & we remind you once more, we don’t start there…

We start with passion & only layer the money, fame, recognition & other extrinsic factors on top later on…

…just like so many of the world’s highest achievers & those who have achieved this ‘mastery’ have done.

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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw

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‎‍🪒 PSYCHOLOGICAL TOOL

'Occam’s Razor' (Or… A Philosophical Tool For Reducing Complexity & Simplifying Life While Achieving Better Results!)

Do you ever catch yourself over-complicating things in your life?

It's a common trap we all fall into from time to time…

We take something straightforward & turn it into an intricate web of thoughts, decisions & possible actions.

The result? More confusion, more work, and more stress.

It's time to break free from this cycle...

Enter Occam's Razor.

At its core, this philosophical tool states that:

"In most cases, the simplest explanation is the right one."

Imagine, for example, that you have a splitting headache...

Your mind might immediately jump to the worst-case scenario — a life-threatening disease.

Sure, that's a possibility, but Occam's Razor advises a different approach…

The simpler explanation?

You might be dehydrated, stressed, or simply coming down with a common cold…

Remember, in most cases, the simplest explanation is the right one.

Albert Einstein, a genius in his own right, echoed this sentiment:

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."

In essence, it's usually far more intelligent to start with the simplest explanation for a problem or situation & then work your way up from there to greater complexity than it is to start with the most farfetched outcome & attempt to simplify later.

But, let's explore some more...

How does Occam's Razor apply to your personal growth journey?

Well, it's not just about headaches, but about the bigger picture too...

When it comes to your goals, projects, and daily decisions, this principle & tool truly can be a game-changer...

Many people find themselves busy but making little progress on their goals…

One reason is they're focusing their energy on a multitude of less important tasks, rather than homing in on the 1 thing that truly matters & doing that...

reminder: complexity isn't the enemy here; it's about the order in which you approach it... start with simplicity.

So, how can you put Occam's Razor into action starting today? Here's a quick guide:

  1. Identify Complexity: Whenever you face a problem, decision, or goal, recognize if you're making it more complicated than it needs to be.

  2. Seek Simplicity: Start with the simplest explanation or action. Ask yourself: What's the most straightforward approach here? What's the basic first step that I can take now?

  3. Gradual Complexity: If necessary, work your way up to complexity, adding layers of detail or depth as needed.

By embracing 'Occam's Razor', you'll simplify your life, reduce confusion & minimize overwhelm, all while getting more done & achieving better results!

You'll have the clarity to focus on the actions that truly work and make significant progress toward your goals...

Remember, the path to personal growth & high performance often starts with a simple step. Embrace simplicity, and you'll find that success isn't as complicated as it might seem 😃 

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