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Mastery: The fast horse doesn't need the whip, thus doesn't learn to the deepest level

I'm reading "Mastery" by George Leonard.

The book is odd. It's excellent in some ways, it's an exceptionally grounded and pragmatic book. I recommend it.

But, it's a bit of a downer. For instance, I just read Donald Trump's "Think Big and Kick Ass", and after reading it, you feel ready to go climb a mountain, kill a lion with your bare hands, lay waste to an enemy army, and otherwise build an empire.

Mastery isn't like that. Mastery is someone reminding you that success doesn't come easy, that it's a long hard slog through lots of plateaus, and that you should enjoy the process because that's the only way you'll get through it.

In a way, it's an uplifting message if you can really internalize it. It'll help give you strength during the plateaus. It immediately answered some questions I've had recently. Recently I wrote in "A Strange Pattern I’ve Noticed in Productivity" -

How to get paid outrageous sums of money for doing what you love

On Linus Rylander

It's all about leverage.

Here's the deal: everyone, through unique life experiences, has their own unique sets of skills, strengths and talents.

But more importantly, you have a unique combination of those sets of skills.

If you find you have a talent for writing, the first thing you're going to figure is "Hey, maybe I should do something where I get paid to write!"

Congratulations, you're already a step ahead of the curve.

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