Rating: 6 / 10
The book is easily digested. I had just read Peak, so I didn't think that it brought anything new to the table when I read it. Good for those who knows little about mastery.
Instant gratification is hurting both the individual and society.
The route to success and fulfillment is in the long term process of mastery.
Mastery is a process. It's not a goal or destination. It's a journey.
Everyone wants instant success, but that leads us in the wrong direction.
"It starts with baby steps."
You'll have to love the process. You'll be stuck a lot of the time, seemingly 'not getting anywhere'.
'Genius' will get you part of the way, but nowhere if you do not choose the master's journey.
Learning really happens in spurts. It's not linear.
Our cognitive and effort systems go into our habitual system and changes it.
The three (ineffective) learners:
"Every time we spend money, we make a statement about what we value; there's no clearer or more direct indication."
So all ads are about value now
Even doctors have the issue of instant fixes. We prescribe pills, rather than fixing the underlying cause.
We have to learn to love the plateau. We'll spend most of our time there.
Find a teacher. That's the most efficient way to get better.
Practice. A lot.
You'll feel stupid. It's natural.
"Body builders and weightlifters testified to the value of intentionality. Arnold Schwarzenegger argued that pumping a weight one time with full consciousness was worth ten without mental awareness."
The body craves homeostasis. And it'll do almost anything to get it. Even if it is harmful to continue the way you do. That's why it's hard to change habits and lifestyles. The body pushes back. To overcome this:
Getting Energy for Mastery