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Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes. This is especially true when you're stuck at a familiar and comfortable skill level. For the master, surrender means there are no experts. There are only learners. It's certainly involved in the creation of the structure-as-idea. It's also involved in the transformation of that structure from one of its forms to another.

This sort of transformation, in fact, is what the process of mastery is all about.

Every master is a master of vision. It demands the awareness to know when you're pushing yourself beyond safe limits. In this awareness, the man or woman on the path of mastery sometimes makes a conscious decision to do just that. More training, more time on the plateau: It characterizes all self-regulating systems, from a bacterium to a frog to a human individual to a family to an organization to an entire culture—and it applies to psychological states and behavior as well as to physical functioning.

It resists all change. We want our minds and bodies and organizations to hold together. We want that paycheck to arrive on schedule. In order to survive, we need stability. Still, change does occur. Organizations and entire cultures change. Homeostats are reset, even though the process might cause a certain amount of anxiety, pain, and upset. It also demands a determination to keep pushing, but not without awareness. Simply turning off your awareness to the warnings deprives you of guidance and risks damaging the system.

Simply pushing your way through despite the warning signals increases the possibility of backsliding. Education, whether it involves books, body, or behavior, is a process that changes the learner. There are limits, of course, and we do need healthful rest and relaxation, but for the most part we gain energy by using energy. Often the best remedy for physical weariness is thirty minutes of aerobic exercise. In the same way, mental and spiritual lassitude is often cured by decisive action or the clear intention to act. They also have more energy.

Even serious blows in life can give you extra energy by knocking you off dead center, shaking you out of your lethargy—but not if you deny the blows are real. Acknowledging the negative doesn't mean sniveling; it means facing the truth and then moving on. Simply describing what's wrong with your life to a good friend is likely to make you feel better and more energetic. Once you've dealt with the negative, you're free to concentrate on the best in yourself. Until then, we can note that the prodigies of energy whom we admire are precisely those people who know how to utilize the blazing energy that flows from that which has been called dark.

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People whose energy is flowing don't need to take a drug, commit a crime, or go to war in order to feel fully awake and alive. There's enough constructive, creative work for everybody, with plenty left over. All of us can increase our energy, starting now.

Then consider the possibility that the rest of your life can be lived in terms of mastery principles. It's about a process, a journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try, and fail, and try again, for as long as he or she lives. All paths of mastery eventually merge. It is your evolutionary destiny to use what is unused, to learn and keep on learning for as long as you live. To choose this destiny, to walk the path of mastery, isn't always easy, but it is the ultimate human adventure.

Destinations will appear in the distance, will be achieved and left behind, and still the path will continue.

It will never end. How to begin the journey? You need only to take the first step. Apr 21, Daniel rated it it was amazing. Well this was just the perfect thing to read at the perfect time for me. The author, who wrote Way of Aikido, really digs into much more of why he became and does what he does, but that's a sideline in this book.

This explains what you should do to achieve a level of learning that promotes mastery. The book outlines ways to think and processes and rules to delve into new things or to polish up old things and get back into them with dedication. What this book does is strip away notions and barrie Well this was just the perfect thing to read at the perfect time for me. What this book does is strip away notions and barriers to learning, if you do it like this says. I learned a lot reading this and for a older guy, I have always prided myself on keeping myself learning, and my child like lust for new things and learning experiences has always been something I enjoy.

In the closing pages of this book it sums all of this up very easily. To learn you must be a fool. Not a stupid, idiotic person, but a fool as in a a court jester. Be unafraid of how it looks when you do something new. Enjoy it, laugh and learn and never mind the views or opinions of others. Lots to take home in this book and I am better for reading it! The author draws strong example from his days of teaching in military and Aikido. His writing is clear, concise and on point.


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Reading the book make me realize how much I have been wasted in this "modern" society. Find a good mentor - Practice. Needless to say - Surrender. Willing to give up what you have learnt to learn new things. Mastery cannot be achieved with half-hearted measure - Edge: Jan 25, Alan Bevan rated it really liked it. On the one hand this says nothing particularly surprising but on the other hand, it says much that matters.

Its a short book, worth returning to when one feels the need for focus and personal direction. I love the notion of mastery, even though the reality is, as Leonard points out, one spends life working towards it rather than arriving. Nevertheless, it is useful to be clear about what one is working towards Sep 02, Alexander Rivas rated it really liked it Shelves: The booksoftitans podcast did an episode on this book and I found it interesting. This book has nothing new I haven't heard before but it is a refresher to read about some of the foundational principles of mastery that still are applied today.

It is a quick read that will strength most of your beliefs and knowledge on mastery. May 18, Wesam rated it really liked it. This book is a quick read gem and brings to home what mastery is about and what it's not. There are no shortcuts in the journey in mastery, nor there are magic pills or secret techniques. The journey towards mastery is never ending and the "master" carries on doing the same thing.

In addition to loving the process, the mastery seeker must embrace the plateau and must not delude himself or herself of the expectation of a climax after another sadly this utterly misguided perception is dominant in This book is a quick read gem and brings to home what mastery is about and what it's not. In addition to loving the process, the mastery seeker must embrace the plateau and must not delude himself or herself of the expectation of a climax after another sadly this utterly misguided perception is dominant in society.

Aug 24, Laura Leaney rated it really liked it. May 21, Temur Tchanukvadze rated it it was amazing. Feb 20, Amadeus Bishop rated it really liked it. Mastery Mastery is not simply a title, or a level at which you or otherwise define people at, it is a pathway, a walk if life. Mastery, the keys to success and long term fulfilment by George Leonard goes into depth and explores the idea of mastery in all which one does, the path which one takes to achieve mastery, what is it?

Is it the most effective path when compared to others? Does it require conscious thought and what are the perimeters of walking the path of mastery? This b Mastery Mastery is not simply a title, or a level at which you or otherwise define people at, it is a pathway, a walk if life. This book describes three alternative paths to the path of the master and that includes the hacker, the obsessive and the Dabbler.

Ted talks says to become fluent at anything, that is to learn the basics and pass the stage of beginner it takes on average 10, hours to achieve. The path of mastery looks past that and focuses on not a specific time frame but rather a journey which is infinite. To exercise mastery, we must be able to put aside the traits of the other alternatives paths described in this book.

The hacker the comfortable person, stays within the boundaries of their comfort zone and is happy to hack around with other hackers, never truly trying to improve but accepting feelings of contempt. The dabbler loves starting new skills and is overjoyed with the first harvest of skills and progress, although finds It unsatisfying to continue the skill because it becomes so refine and technique the dabbler would simply rather dabble in other things.

Now we have put aside the traits of the alternative pathways we can look at the path of the master more closely. When learning a new skill, progress is made and a plateau is reached as we reach the next stages of learning e. When a Plateau is reached unlike the obsessive de-doubling efforts, and focusing only on progress the master embraces the plateau for what it is, a time of practice and refinement. Almost always after a plateau comes another stage of progress, now as you get more and more into the specifics of the skill plateaus become larger and progress becomes less but you are becoming more and more masterful at your skill as you apply practice.

To progress we must pass the stage of the plateau, in order to pass the stage of a plateau we must be able to remain committed to our discipline and continue practicing it is through continuous practice skills are refined and become more intricate. Choosing the path of mastery is the choice of putting aside all instant gratification and being at peace with your efforts. Since birth we are programmed to ignore the way of the master average American watches 7 hours of TV a day and the way society has moulded around masters making them seem almost normal means it takes away from the mana of being a master has.

It is important as beginners on the road to mastery we have good tutors, we enjoy our work and we accept plateaus and peacefully work through them as they appear. The best form of instruction is one which has interaction, which is compelling and educational at the same time, one where other students and masters alike can co-exist in the same environment drawing and teach with drawing and teaching like tap and water, turn the tap on water flows out but you must have a cup to capture the water in.

Unfortunately, knowledge is not water and cannot take numerous shapes easily therefore knowledge taught in an environment where it is applied and shown in numerous ways can take shape per the perception of other students or masters, these can closely co-relate with our own therefore becoming easier to progress and sponge information necessary to reach greater levels of mastery. This closely incorporates knowing when to say good by to your tutor and move on to another, or when to stay because you tutor is a master and leads you on the path of progress in mastery.

The courage of a master is measured in her or his ability to surrender, this means surrendering to your tutor and to your discipline. This therefore allows you to reach a level of proficiency above your own as you surrender to the ways of your discipline. This means applying visualisation and mental imagery to your skills, this Is a key aspect because it works specifically on refining a skill past that of the immediate physical.

Through visualisation we can determine future obstacles and strategize accordingly to maximise our efforts when the time comes to perform. This therefore brings us to another key factor which is the edge, the mental capacity and physical ability is limited from individual to individual and having the edge over your opponent makes all the difference. First off identify different edges you could have and now choose the one in which seems the most prone to progress. The edge can be an outside contributing factor such as your physical fitness.

Our preoccupation with goals and quick fix has separated us from our own experiences.

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To take the path of master we must focus and dedicate time, it does not come down to skill, natural talent or ability to learn, these things can enhance performance and progress but at the end of the day the only contributing factor which sets you apart from other people in your art is the focus and the time in which you have set aside to practice. The mastery of relationships requires more effort in some cases than that of other skills as it is with other human beings you are walking with and alongside.

The things in which we do reflects largely on other aspects of our lives, other tasks that we do for example the way we communicate and treat others will influence our sexual life as well, how we treat others and how we make others feel. The wyay we hold ourselves contributes largely to the way others see us. To walk the path of mastery means to in all you do apply these principles and strive to continually progress in what you do, refine it, re-strategize it, these are all strategies applied along the path of mastery and with commitment significant progress is made.

Dealing with change in homeostasis: Homeostasis is something maintaining and equilibrium, the homeostasis of a household for example can relate closely to daily chores and task which everyone is a part of and what is considered normal and what is not.

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We must be aware that when something is taken away something else is put in its place, and whether something is being given or taken away homeostasis will remain. We must be willing to negotiate with your resistance to change, we must develop a support system, follow regular practice and dedicate to lifelong learning, this creates good and productive homeostasis and maximises progress for the learner.

Tools for mastery include: Jul 14, Ilya Mrz rated it really liked it Shelves: While the author describes 5 keys to long-term success and fulfillment,as: The Edge - Push the envelop. The process where what was difficult becomes both easier and more pleasurable; 2. Long-term dedication to the journey - not the bottom line; 3.

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