By now may be you are frustrated, disappointed and even tired to make one more step towards what you do, looking back at the progress you have made so far and to see there isn’t really any to be proud of. But for once stop and reflect, really stop whatever it is you are doing and reflect on what you have been doing, are you doing what you must or what you can. There is a fine line in between the two if you must know. If you have been doing what you must then not being able to step on the fast geared progress shouldn’t worry you. That is mainly because you are investing all your energy on the wrong area of work. So here is the deal, if you really want to strive for the best then your energy “must” be compatible with what you can do. This article will help you master your field, to be the best at what you “can” do.
First thing first,
You have to find out what it is that you would like to do. That you think whatever you put out for is worth of all the price, be it failure or success.
I was inspired to write this article after I watched a movie titled “whiplash”, with the motto “Losing who you are to perfect something you love”. It is about a boy, Andrew, a determined young musician whom after winning a place at a prestigious New York music school he focuses on rising above his peers and mastering his craft.
Below, I am going to share an article I found really helpful in addressing the issue if you are willing to go along from the “Entrepreneur”. The thing is, we might have heard of these things over and over again from time to time and place to place, but until we decide to give it a try then nothing will actually work. So it is a great read and easy practice if you put your mind to it. Enjoy.
- Chose a topic to focus on that you are deeply in love with.
“Masters and highly successful people are emotionally and personally engaged in their work” on a level beyond intellectual curiosity, Greene says. It’s the personal commitment to a topic, problem or skill that is ultimately necessary for motivating and maintaining the long hours and fervent curiosity required to rise to the level of “mastery” in a field. “Otherwise you are never going to have the energy, the patience, the persistence, the ability to put up with the criticism, you will give up too easily, you won’t push through all the crap the world is going to throw at you.”
- Skip all the extra school. Learn by doing.
According to Greene, learning entrepreneurship in school is inane. “Being an entrepreneur is making something, it’s like Legos,” Greene says and the best way to become an entrepreneur is to try building businesses. Henry Ford’s first two automobile companies failed miserably, notes Greene. “You want to actually psychologically desire failure because it is how you are going to learn.” If you aren’t going to start your own business, at least work in as small a company as possible to learn as many skills as possible. Avoid large corporations and business school, Greene says. As an entrepreneur, “you are going to hire the people that have the MBAs. They are going to bring in that nuts-and-bolts knowledge.”
- Don’t focus on making money in your 20s.
“Tune out the idea of making your first million. It’s about learning. You are there to accumulate as much experience building a business and you want to build several, if possible,” says Greene. In the first five to 10 years after college, pursue experience over money. You will learn more than you could earn in those years.
- When you have some experience, select a mentor.
When selecting a mentor, look for somebody who is already doing what you see yourself doing in five to 10 years, says Greene. If you are going to try to approach a master to be your mentor, wait to do so until you have already started amassing a body of work. A healthy mentorship relationship is like that between a parent and a child, says Greene. A good mentor should be older than you and at a point in his or her career that he or she is wants to give back. Personality is important, too. “You want somebody who matches your spirit. If you are a very rebellious type, you don’t want a stuffy conservative type mentor,” says Greene.
- Be flexible and creative.
For the book, Greene interviewed Paul Graham, the computer programmer entrepreneur who started Viaweb, a company acquired by Yahoo in 1998 to become the Yahoo Store, and a partner of Y Combinator, an accelerator for startup entrepreneurs. In the highly competitive interview process for Y Combinator, Graham “can tell after one minute if he has the next Zuckerberg or this guy is useless, and it is because they are open-minded, they’re flexible and they love, they are excited, they have a childlike interest,” says Greene. Building a company will inevitably confront you with unexpected challenges, and your ability to adjust your path to deal with those surprises is critical.
So I strongly believe that there is no way you will end up not successful if you master your field instead of watering other’s beyond your gate.