Here’s a quick way to set good priorities

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Most people tend to prioritize money for jobs. If the job you’re applying for has a big salary, you will be more motivated to apply for that job. Unfortunately, in a job that pays well, you will feel greater pressure to prove yourself worthy of such pay, often before you are really ready. 

A simple principle of human psychology is that your thoughts revolve around what you value the most. If it is money, you will be focused on yourself, your insecurities, the need to please and impress the right people, and not on developing skills. It will be too costly for you to make mistakes and learn from them, so you will develop a cautious approach. 

William and his story…

There used to be a guy called William that wanted to do everything said above. Right after college, he applied to the jobs with the biggest paychecks and was accepted for a few of them. Since everyone around him at work was experienced, William could not afford to seem inferior and make mistakes. 

Instead of trying to learn and develop new skills, William tried to seem like he was good at his job. William wanted to show his boss he was good instead of actually being good. This led to William getting no actual experience and training. 

When one of his colleagues saw what he was doing. His colleague told him William was trying to walk before he could crawl. Despite being warned multiple times by his colleagues, William liked feeling superior. Which meant he thought he thought he knew more than everyone else and refused to learn from people and experiences. He was fired after 3 months and tried getting another job. After getting accepted to his new job, William also got fired from that job. 

Eventually, every company he applied to rejected him. Despite having experience on paper, he underperformed and did not have the necessary skills to perform well in his field. William was able to understand the problem after years of thinking he was too good to learn. 

There were two problems. A) He prioritized money and impressing over learning and developing skills that would help him succeed and become a master in his field. B) He did not like feeling inferior, so he refused to learn things from people and let experienced individuals mentor him. 

If you want to be a master and successful, make sure you prioritize learning and let yourself learn from other people. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: Mastery by Robert Greene 


  • Value learning over money and impressing 
  • Revert to a feeling of inferiority 

“What prevents people from learning is not the subject itself, no matter how difficult it is, but rather certain learning disabilities that tend to fester and grow in our minds as we get older. 

If we feel like we know something, our minds close off to other possibilities. We see reflections of the truth we have already assumed. Such feelings of superiority are often unconscious and stem from a fear of what is different or unknown. We are rarely aware of this, and often imagine ourselves to be paragons of impartiality.” – Robert Greene, Mastery 

Notice: The story above is fictional. 

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