There are a 100ways to earn kickbacks, owed favors and paybacks but none of them is equivalent to respect. Respect is the Gold standard. Respect is earned via been a force in your industry the standard to be looked up upon.
Let’s look at some of the ways to attain Mastery;
1.Pay Attention to Incredible Opportunities
Do not judge every single opportunity by the paycheck and make learning your top priority. Fortunately when I got to business school and had the opportunity to choose between two internships that paid quite well, I chose the one where I would be exposed to things knew nothing about.
- Nothing Is Wasted
Many of us are hell bent on escaping our past. Unless we invent a technology that allows you to erase memories your past will always be with you. One of the most valuable things Robert told me in our chat is that nothing is wasted. Even our worst experiences are blessings in disguise. Search for how your past can add value to your present and you might just surprise yourself.
- Attitude/Frame of Mind
Your outer world reflected everything that was going on in your inner world. To become a master of your craft , a great attitude is essential.
- Everyone is Born Unique
There is not another person on this planet just like you, even if you are an identical twin. Fitting in is overrated. Figure out what’s truly unique about you and embrace it. Even if you’re convinced there’s nothing there remember this quote
You develop millionaires the way you mine gold. You expect to move tons of dirt to find an ounce of gold, but you don’t go into the mine looking for the dirt—you go in looking for the gold. ~Andrew Carnegie
- Be Engaged with Your Work
If your work makes you want to gouge your eyes out, it’s unlikely you’ll become a master of your craft. This is easier said than done. You might have to make a short term sacrifice for a long term gain. When you’re truly engaged with your work, it won’t even feel like work.
- Diversify Your Inputs/Influences/Experiences
Zig Ziglar said “Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future.” If all your putting in your head is the news and garbage television, imagine what that does to your outlook. On the flip side you don’t want to just read the same book 200 times. There was a great example that Robert shared with, comparing life to an ecosystem
An ecosystem that has the maximum amount of diversity is the richest – Robert Greene
What does that mean for your path to mastery? Read books from every genre. Listen to all sorts of music. Try all sorts of things. Veer off the beaten path and take the scenic route through life.
- Make It Your Own
Steal like an artist. Learn from masters and mentors. But treat their advice as guidance not gospel. Say what’s never been said. Do what’s never been done. Try what’s never been tried. Make it all your own.
- Realize It’s Never Too Late
It seems like many of us get lost along the way. We let the sound of everybody else’s wisdom drown out our own instinct. This is where trouble seems to start. We turn in the wrong direction because other tell us what they think is right for us. To become a master you have to listen to that voice and return to your calling.
- Give yourself a Killer Education
We live in an age where it’s possible to teach yourself damn near anything. You can give yourself an education that kicks the crap out of the one you got in school. Obviously I’d recommend you don’t attempt this with neurosurgery (even though the first 2 years of medical school are available on iTunes).
- Slow Things Down
I’ve never had a brilliant insight or idea when I spend all day in front of the computer. This is a big part of the reason why I think the 8 hour work day makes no sense. With the amount of information we’re being bombarded with every single day, the ability to disconnect and slow down is going to be necessary for our mental health.One of the most interesting things Robert mentioned about all the masters he had interviewed was their ability to work independent of technology. Paul Graham (the founder of one the world’s most successful technology incubators) doesn’t have a smartphone. I recommend a complete disconnect at least once a week. If you can’t do that try an hour or two everyday.
- Social Intelligence
I can’t think of any more eloquent way to say this other than don’t be a jackass. If you can’t get along with people good luck making a dent in the universe. No matter how skilled you are at something, you’re going to need help to see your vision come to life.
- Never Stop Learning
In order to maintain your status as a master, you must never stop learning. Look for every opportunity to expand on what you already know.
As you can imagine I think highly of Robert’s work. He read over 200 books and spent 4 years writing Mastery (not an affiliate link). I think it should be required for anybody who wants to reach their true potential.