“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you think Frodo and Sam would have made it (or even left the Shire) if they knew the journey to Mordor that was before them?
There’s no end to learning.
As an amateur seeking mastering, I’m always trying to push myself just beyond my capability to that next level. I get jazzed when I can add another book to my To Read stack or Amazon wishlist, or when I find another level to the skills I’ve been cultivating.
The moment you think you’ve reached the depths of a skill, is the moment you realize how deep the cave goes. Read one book, ten more will appear. There’s an endless web of resources connecting other resources connecting other resources.
This does not diminish the progress you’ve made as a wee beginner on your way towards mastery, but it does highlight something important: Mastery doesn’t end. Even the masters are still learning new things every day. They are learning at a higher state of knowing, but learning nonetheless.
If you are a beginner, there’s a fine balance between inspiration and ignorance. It’s great to find people or creative work that inspires you to want to take on that skill yourself, while also being blissfully unaware of how long and hard your journey will be. Be weary of sinkholes. Too much information right out of the gate can paralyze or even shutdown your want and ability to learn.
The opposite is arguably true as well. If you can stare into the depths of the skill-sinkhole unfazed, (even delighted as you toss in a torch to see how far down it goes,) then perhaps that skill is exactly what you need to be doing.
The classic example are entry college courses that are intentionally hard to weed out unenthusiastic students. Any student left is either cheating or super into the subject.
There’s nothing like knowing a skill will take you a lifetime (and more) to master to show you what path you should take in life 🙂
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #610