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Lessons From Great Writers, Artists And Creators On Mastering Your Craft

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Lessons From Great Writers, Artists And Creators On Mastering Your Craft
Mastery doesn't just happen. It's a commitment. Not of 10,000 hours or 20,000 hours, or of any specific number but of a lifetime of work and dedication. It's an incremental, iterative journey. You don't magically arrive. Ever. You just strive to get closer. But there are principles - a process - that must be followed if this is to happen.

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The +, -, = system

The +, -, = system
 Everyone needs to work with someone better than them, equal to them and someone who they can teach.

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Taking small steps

Taking small steps

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. It’s about the small steps you can take each day to make a tiny bit of improvement.

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Beat resistance

Beat resistance
The biggest enemy of progress lies within us: The voice that tells us to work tomorrow, that we are not ready, that we are not good enough.

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Organizing Knowledge 

Organizing Knowledge 

Whether you are a barista, movie director or an aspiring entrepreneur, you need to organize your knowledge, to develop a system that catalogs the ideas you've learned, that you can constantly refer back to.

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You don’t need passion

You don’t need passion

Passion runs hot and burns out, while people with purpose — think of it as passion combined with reason — are more dedicated and have control over their direction. 

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