Becoming a Master In Your Business

by Bob Poole on July 7, 2010

Golf is a difficult game to master. Many professional athletes in other sports will tell you that it is number one in difficulty to master.

Creating a beautiful painting, extraordinary photo, or a digital video that makes moves people to cry or laugh or feel is also a province of the masters.

How do you then master these things – assuming you want to?

  1. You get the best coach or teacher you can afford.
  2. You watch and listen to the masters – your role models.
  3. In golf you play with players who are better than you and you learn from them
  4. Creating beautiful images means spending a lot of time in museums listening to what the artist is saying.
  5. You learn what the masters do that nobody else is willing to do.
  6. Then you practice, practice, and practice.

What makes you think that if you want to be the best and create an extraordinary business (or an extraordinary life) that you can do it without following these same rules? What makes you think you can create a website, read the latest on social marketing and some other business books and then call yourself an expert – a master? What makes you think you can be successful when you focus on yourself, how much money you can make, as you feed your ego?

The masters will teach you that by focusing on creating value for others you will be on the path toward mastery – a path with heart.

If you want to be a master then find someone who is already a master – someone who has walked the walk and just doesn’t talk the talk. And, then beg them to teach you. Listen to them with your heart and not just your ears.

Then practice what you’ve been taught and what you’ve observed. What is it that you will do that nobody else will do?

Do these things and one day you will indeed become a master.

Now it will be your turn to help others who want to follow your path with a heart.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

TimBrownson July 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Agreed Bob, people often think the ‘rules’ don’t apply to them and they can short cut the system.
It reminds me of Gladwells book ‘Outliers’ in which he talks about needing about 10,000 hours to truly master something. That’s a lot of time and most people give up way before then.

Bob Poole July 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

@Tim – Your post today is a perfect follow-up to this one. (I wish I’d have written it!) The best of the best always put in the time, don’t they!

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