"A master sticks to her tools."
With such a simple phrase, Lao-Tzu reminds us that masters stick to - and are masterful because they stick with, and harness -- their strengths.
But how does one become a master?
Malcolm Gladwell would suggest that it takes time, it takes 10,000 hours.
A wild number, it indeed takes hours and dedication. Often, I watch students attempt to master a variety of skills all at once, spreading themselves thin.
So, this week, I pose a simple question. Rather than attempting to give 100% across the board to a whole slew of new tools, what would it be to choose one tool or one skill you would like to master? Focus your energy there for an entire week or two, and notice how it transforms.
Every time I cut back, every time I dial back on my massive to-do and seriously focus on one or two skills I want to harness, the growth is astronomical, and I get to where I want to be exponentially faster.
But this isn’t about me. This is about you. So, choose, try it. See what makes the difference.