S1:Part 3:Mastery is In the Basics

Posted on July 22, 2010


The Island by munos

Beauty is in the basics and in the easy; all the small adds up to the big and the beautiful

There are half a dozen things that make 80% of the difference. The difference between triumphant success and bitter failure lies in the degree of our commitment to seek out, study and apply those half a dozen things. -Jim Rohn

Reading and listening to Jim Rohn lately, has made me realize how great a philosopher he was; he had wisdom specialized in the simple and very basic. He need not say more than a few words, and it would make you stop and reevaluate life. Powerful man.

What I can’t seem to get out of my head, is the truth held above in that quote. Is it all really that simple? Am I over complicating everything? Many philosophers, lifestyle design experts, and professional/successful bloggers reiterate the same message.

Repetition is the mother of all skill says Anthony Robbins. But repetition of what? Over and over, it all seems to come together. Our degree of commitment in studying and applying the half-dozen principles is the difference between “triumphant success” and “bitter failure”, so how much should we really study and apply those principles? Well I hate to assume, but as Bruce Lee would have it…

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once , but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times.”

So we bring our focus to the major (half dozen basics, the one kick), instead of the minor (the many unimportant principles, the other 9,999 kicks), and as Bruce Lee said it, we should not practice each principle once, we should take the (most basic) principles and apply them hundreds to thousands of times over.

That’s what this post is really about. It’s about seeking out and focusing on the few, basic principles and practicing them over many, many times. That is the way to mastery. But no, it’s not because you’ve mastered the basics and nothing else…

It’s because practicing and applying the core fundamentals over and over will provide within you momentum. Yes, you need the fundamentals/basics/principles before you can really move up in the ladder. But that does not mean limiting yourself to the bottom step.

“Obey the principles without being bound by them” -Bruce Lee

Maybe I should reiterate what I mean when I define basics. For me, basics are the most simple, the most easy, and also the most fundamental to mastering the art in which those basics pertain to.

What will get you to mastery is ample practice and failure, and that begins with the basics. The basics will be so simple and so easy to do, but they are also so simple and easy to not do. But when you take the chance and just show up, when you choose to begin with basics, principles, fundamentals… When you choose to practice those fundamental kicks 10,000 times..you will go far. Far into mastery. And all you need to do is seek them out. Show up.

Studied and applied showing up, that is.

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
Jim Rohn

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