Mastery or Obsession?
I first listened to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, 8 years ago on my drives to and from my day of teaching, which was sandwiched in between Coaching sessions at Newell Strength.
In that book, he highlighted study after study which showed that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of your craft.
Not just 10,000 hours but 10,000 of focused attention on the skill you are trying to master.
It goes without saying that if passion is present, then there is no way that you will be able to stick out 10,000 hours of anything.
Most people go after something because it looks cool and they like the idea of it. Yet, they are lucky to even make it to 500 hours because the initial enthusiasm wears off and passion was never present to begin with.
One of the clues I like to look at with people is their level of commitment and that means they are either in a flow of mastery or obsessed, which opens a whole other set of problems.
So what’s the difference?
Mastery is when you own the craft, the process and obsession is when the goal owns you.
Read that again.
Think differently - Kyle Newell
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