5 Essential Keys
For achieving mastery
and living the good life
1) Surrender to Your Passion
2) Practice, Practice, Practice
3) Get A Mentor
4) Visualize the Outcome
5) Play the Edge
SURRENDER TO YOUR PASSION
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; follow your bliss; follow your heart; answer your calling; go for it; go for broke; seize the day; give it up; find yourself; do you; keep it real; jump in; play your position; live with passion; be true to yourself.
“When you follow your bliss – the thing that truly electrifies you – four things automatically happen: 1. You put yourself in the path of good luck. 2. You meet the people you want to know. 3. Doors open where there weren’t doors before. And 4. Doors open for you that wouldn’t open for anybody else.” –Joseph Campbell, Author, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
"The day to day activity of showing up in the lab, exchanging ideas, formulating ideas, is immensely satisfying. It’s a wonderful intellectual sensuality that once one has experienced it, you don’t want to let go.” –Eric Kandel, Neuroscientist
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Failure; commitment; diligence; persistence; patience; perseverance; experience; success; dedication; tenacity; repetition; one day at a time; step by step; little by little; baby steps; routine; regimen; keep at it; exercise; seasoning; study; training; never give up; discipline; repetition; consistency; rehearse.
“I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”–Thomas Edison, Inventor
“Don’t feel that the little things you have to do day after day are distancing you from your dream. Everything brings you closer to your dream. It’s just a mindset.”–Stephen Toblowski, Actor
GET A GUIDE
Mentor; teacher; coach; advisor; tutor; role model; consultant; Counselor; instructor; trainer; scout; your instincts; guiding spirit; master; confidante; friend; partner.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” –William Arthur Ward, Author, Fountains of Faith
“I’ve got teachers for everything. Teachers for business, legal work, guitar making – you name it. Because that’s one thing I got right. I knew that if I tried to do this by myself, I was a dead man.” –Paul Reed Smith, Entrepreneur
VISUALIZE THE OUTCOME
Imagine; envision; picture; perceive; determination; think up; dream; fantasize; daydream; pray; break it down; focus; make a plan; have a notion; frame the problem; conceptualize; strategize; score; set goals; deadlines; objectives; see it now; build a model; reach for the stars; go for the gold.
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." -Michelangelo
“People were laughing at me the last day of school. They said: ‘What are you gonna do, man?’ I said: ‘I’m gonna hang out with BB King and Michael Bloomfield and Eric Clapton.’ They actually laughed and said: ‘Wow, you’re trippin’’ I go: ‘No. You’re trippin’.”–Carlos Santana, Musician
PLAY THE EDGE
The sky’s the limit; think outside the box; challenge yourself; push the envelope; push your boundaries; climb every mountain; find your threshold; pioneer; new wave; front lines; raise the bar; go for broke; be all that you can be; no pain no gain; no guts no glory; take risks; do your best; all things are possible.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain
“I can teach someone how to be a hard worker. I can teach risk-taking. But it’s that thing about wanting to expose yourself and face down your truths, your ugly truths .that’s the stuff that stops people from being big stars.”–Ivana Chubbuck, Acting Coach