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What separates Masters from others is often something surprisingly simple. Whenever we learn something or a skill, we reach a point of frustration, what we are learning seems beyond our capabilities. Starting to believe these feelings leads us to unconsciously quitting on ourselves before we actually give up. The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is not simply a matter of determination, but also trust and faith.
Take Elon Musk, the man that recently became the richest person in the world. Do you know how many times he had big failures?
- He was kicked out from the two companies he started; Zip2 and Paypal.
- The media ridiculed him and did not believe in his ideas.
- Russians refused to sell rockets to him.
- Both Tesla and SpaceX almost went bankrupt.
- SpaceX had its first 3 rockets explode
And many more…
Let’s look at someone else. How about Steve Jobs? Steve was kicked out from his own company, had various close friends turn against him, and launched multiple unsuccessful products like the Lisa, Apple 3, and so on.
We can also take Jeff Bezos, the second richest man on the planet and the founder of Amazon. He had multi-billion-dollar failures. The Amazon Fire phone, Amazon Spark, Amazon restaurants, Amazon Storywriters, and many more. Amazon lost possibly billions of dollars on these kinds of projects that ended up shutting down.
Why did I list the failures of these 3 people? To simply show that if you are determined and willing to work hard and iterate, you will eventually end up successful. The principle that separates Elon Musk or Steve Jobs from the rest of the world is not how lucky or smart they are. It is the fact that most people do not persevere and trust themselves.
As Robert Greene has said: “Many of those who succeed in life have had the experience in their youth of having mastered some skill, a sport or game, a musical instrument, a foreign language, and so on. Buried in their minds is the sensation of overcoming their frustrations and entering the cycle of accelerated returns.
When it comes to mastering a skill, time is the magic ingredient. Assuming your practice proceeds at a steady level, over days and weeks certain elements of the skill become hardwired. Slowly, the entire skill becomes internalized, part of your nervous system. It is a miraculous sensation and practice will lead you to the point, no matter the talent level you are born with.” – Quote taken from Mastery by Robert Greene
Trust the process and have faith in yourself. You got this!
Book: Mastery by Robert Greene