The difference between Master and Novice is the number of failures overcome on the path to success.
You ever find yourself chasing information? You’ve got problems to solve, you’ve got something you want to fix so what do you do?
You go and find a bunch of information. You get a book, you listen to a podcast, you watch a video. But I want to challenge this. If you only accumulate a bunch of information, guess what? The accumulation of the information feels like its own reward and then your brain being the sort of dumb engine that it is will feel full and satisfied like it’s just had a good meal and guess what? Your ambition takes a nosedive.
The worst part is that after you accumulate a bunch of information and your brain is sitting around all fat and happy, your results haven’t actually changed. And I’ve observed in this life that there is a minority of people who actually are willing to train. I’m not talking about study, I’m not talking about accumulating a bunch of cool sounding ideas so that you can sound smart to your friends.
What I’m talking about is doing the work. Actually engaging and making mistakes. Failing as fast as humanly possible, laughing through the entire process.
There’s no need to judge yourself or criticize yourself, or put yourself down. Of course you’re going to make mistakes. But the difference between the master and the novice is the number of repetitions. That’s what training is. Training is repetition and intensity.
Repetition and intensity, repetition and intensity and when you feel like you’ve done enough that’s a sure sign that you haven’t and you go back and you do it again and again and again and you get into this zone, you get into this flow where time disappears and the only thing that matters is the rep you’re on and the one you’re about to do. When the mistake is made it disappears. And you find yourself arriving naturally to a state of grace. Where results that you used to think were impossible become your inevitable daily reality. The challenge is, are you willing to pay the price?
Are you going to be like the masses that chase information? Or are you willing to be the minority that steps into the heat, that willingly goes under pressure to fail and fail and fail again. But to do so with happiness and joy in your heart because you’ve allowed yourself to fall in love with the process.
The choice is yours. Study or train. Your results will speak for themselves.