"Please, give me everything you know. I want to be a master!"
I cannot begin to tell you how many times each and every week I'm sent these words by people from all around the world. I also hear from time to time, "teach me exactly how you would teach your kids." The truth is, most people don't have the stomach for that.
Motivation will not in itself get anyone to achieve greatness. Greatness achieved comes from within. It comes from a devotion to and a drive that often is not explainable in simple words.
It is my belief that mastery, is never truly achieved. It is an idea to thrive for and an idea to dedicate oneself too. It takes a great amount of discipline to remain persistent enough in focus, effort and drive. In order to thrive a mastery towards something one must dig deep within their own depths and justify what it means and why it is something important one wants to have. Then you must be willing to be dedicated day in and day out to the necessary tasks and objectives, not the tasks you necessarily want to do and achieve but the ones you must do.
What one must do is not often what one wants to do necessarily. Especially when the tasks and objectives become day to day and year by year monotonous.
You must exercise thinking to go beyond the average, the good and enter an entirely new league. The daily routine must not be the normal routine of others. You must be prepared to spend a great amount of time in isolated study and research. You must understand how the skills and knowledge you wish to master move laterally across other skills and subjects to understand the principles at the rate mastery requires.
This level of dedication and discipline is not easy. Most will settle for good, or more accurately, good enough in their craft.
One must be connected to their craft which means searching constantly for a stronger connection with themselves. This takes an incredible amount of courage to face truths about the self that may have been wished to remain buried.
Mastery in anything goes hand in hand with disciple and stoicism. It is a dedication of hardship that is intriguing and even at times aspiring by the many.
A master with no discipline is nothing more than a mirage. A master without evergreen study for achievement is false.