1 अप्रैल 2017

No shortcuts for Mastery

Brett McKay: Very good. The part that really stuck out to me, resonate with me the most in the book was the apprenticeship phase because the process you layout in the apprenticeship phase you get great details, give great examples, its seems so contrary to what you see in popular success literature today, you know, today it’s all about, you know, how you can hack the system, and how you can get success as faster as you can, but the apprenticeship is a slow process where it’s filled with lots of observation, it’s sort of in a lot of ways sometimes passive, you know, you had to do the learning and reading, I mean why is it so important that you don’t take a short cut. Is it possible to get to the next step without going through to the apprenticeship phase?

Robert Greene: No. It’s absolutely 150% impossible and the idea that you think you can have a shortcut means you never going to reach the Mastery, you’ve got a problem, and there are the case that the human brain involved over, we can make it its arbitrary where we begin the process, but five million years ago our earliest ancestors and it involved in the particular way and it involved in the direction of the more you focus on something the longer you spend learning something, the higher level of skill that you have, the more you understand the reality of what you are studying and that brain evolved that way through also its of twists and turns, the invention of language, civilization, etcetera, and the idea that because of technology, because of the internet in the last 10, 20 years you could somehow bypass five million years of evolution is just laughable and anybody who believes that I am sorry to say, but they are losers and you are moving against what the science, the evolution, the biology everything else you are not in touch with reality and there are lot of people who are not simply in touch with reality and the point that it is that the apprenticeship phase, okay it’s going to take time, okay its slow, but it’s also deeply pleasurable, the sense that you are slowly conquering or moving faster on limitations is deeply empowering so, just take a simple example, let just say you are learning to play the piano and obviously in our world today what we are learning is going to be little bit more complex or different, but you are learning the piano and the beginning its kind of boring your kind of having to repeat the same exercises over and over again and what you are playing is not that interesting and if you stick with it after six months you start to play things that are more interesting and because they are more interesting you practice a little bit harder because you practice a little bit harder, you learn faster and you start entering what I call a cycle of accelerated returns where you are starting to see more and more quickly the rewards for your work and your discipline, so not only that only you are learning the piano, but you are mastering yourself, you are overcoming your impatience your own weaknesses, you are gaining discipline, patience, the ability to persists at something, you are learning the piano and you are mastering yourself and you feel that, you feel it inside, you feel like you are overcoming this limitation, one barrier after another barrier, after another barrier, so that five ten years of what some people might say oh my God how boring, I just want to, you know, learn how to do something in six months, its actually really pleasurable, and its actually deeply satisfying process and I want to get people because human beings don’t do things that are painful, we shy away from things that like just seem to involve too much pain and people are not going to go through the process unless they see a reward and there is a reward and it’s something that people have been experiencing for thousands of years, there are incredible rewards, but that is also a lot of drudgery involved as well, so I want to get people pass the idea that everything has to be immediately pleasurable. The fulfilment that you have takes time, but the rewards are much deeper than the reward that you would get from taking the drug or playing a video game.
( Robert Greene in interviews)

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