We all like shortcuts. Saves energy, saves time. Delayed gratification? Life is short. You need to get your 10,000 hours in. There is no shortcut for that. Or is there?
Let me share with you a simple secret to achieving mastery sooner rather than later. Choose your profession wisely. Make your passion your profession. Why?
By making your passion your profession, you will be spending at least 40 hours a week doing it. Do the math. Those 10,000 hours will take a lot less time than someone who does it as a hobby. A bonus—you are getting paid to become a master.
For example, I have been teaching martial arts professionally full-time since 1994. At five days a week it has been a much quicker learning curve than someone who dabbled in it, maybe training once or twice a week. For most of those years I trained outside of class in other martial arts or doing private training. I have never looked at this as work, to me it was great fun.
How do you discover your passion? For me it was simple. I went back to high school, even grade school and tried to remember when I was happiest. It sprung out at me without a great deal of thought—the athletics field. Physical education, recess, lunch hour, after-school sports. I spent every second chasing after balls or people, never sitting still for a minute. I still remember Mom reading the report cards from school, always a variation of the same theme, “Matt has a hard time being still and concentrating”. I still find it difficult to stand still. Why fight it? I now move for a living. A master? Maybe, but there is always something new to master.
A Shortcut on the Road to Mastery is an original post by Sensei Matt Klein.