The Path to Success and Mastery
The best definition of success I have come across is “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal or goal.” In other words everyone can define their success according to their predefined goals/outcome and each individual's road map will be different. I believe strongly that personal growth ties in strongly with an individual's success and that's what I am expanding on below.
- What you can be the best in the world at?
- What is your economic denominator?
- What are you deeply passionate about?
- How to get better at what we do?
- Are we willing to use the enormous information available to our advantage and attain the mastery that is possible for each of us?
- Find the experts in our field of expertise
- Read their blogs
- Listen to their podcasts
- Write down what we have learned
- Share what we have learned as it has been well documented that we only learn when we teach
- Set goals for our learning
- Read broadly for example if we are in management we can read all the management books out there
- Take certifications in our area of expertise
- Learn something new every day and remember we are never through learning
- Apply what we have learned to our work or personal life
- We should try to get into what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls the state of flow where everything seems to fall in place, we are fully energized and feel a complete state of joy in our activities
- Listen to audio books or read during commute time
- Develop the quality of grit which according to Angela Lee Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania is the single most important determinant of success
- Finally the magic word “Practice, Practice, Practice” or to use the words the experts say “Deliberate Practice.” Perform deliberate practice for 10000 hours or 10 years on your areas of expertise and you will reach Mastery.
The views expressed in this article are my own and do not represent my organization.