The Philosophy Of Mastery, By George Leonard

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According to George Leonard, mastery is a mysterious process that a challenging thing gradually changes to an easy and interesting thing, depending on my practice. In addition, there is not a goal in a way of mastery because mastery itself is a goal in life (50). This philosophy of George Leonard in his book, Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment gave me opportunities to face my life once again.
When I fell into plateau which is a state that I cannot feel the progress for anything, I immediately changed my plan and tried to find an easy way to accomplish my work. Also, I just stopped my work that I must do, and I started new project to forget troublesome work. In this book, this kind of person is called dabbler (65). I already
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The path of mastery does not exist on the past and future. There is only now. I had never had a thought to love the process of practice. I understood that I must love what I am doing and what I must do now to achieve my work. Even though I cannot accomplish my work by my goal of the day, there is not the end of my practice and the path of mastery as long as I live and exist here. Also, when I try to do something new, I must not be afraid of being embarrassed. I must not forget beginner 's mind. It is important to be fool to study things at first. If the beginner like me carefully protects my pride, I cannot improve my skills because my stupid pride disturbs my learning. The more important and technical skills I try to learn, the more my pride hurts in some ways. There is not an easy way to obtain technical skills. I did not like to show myself outside because I did not have confidence for anything what I did. Actually, people do not pay attention to me more than I think. I knew it in my mind, but my deed did not change easily. I was afraid of making mistake and bothering people. However, I realized that this is the biggest issue in this art field. As I took many art classes, I gradually changed my mind due to friends and professors. Art students looked so confident of their pieces, and they said that they love their works. Who can love a piece which is not loved by a creator? Even though they are not happy about their pieces, they could fluently told how to achieve their goals. I became to respect people like them, and I became to enjoy a critic days and work days more than before. Even though my work was not going well, I could accept this reality. Then, when I was successful to create my piece through my practice, I felt a sense of accomplishment which gave me a brave and strong heart to face the next plateau which will come soon. Mastery, again taught me the importance of having a beginner’s mind to

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