One Step At A Time

“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery Color has a very weird effect on the human mind. Certain colors elicit certain emotions. For example, most food businesses and restaurants have the colors red, white or yellow that cause the beholder to feel pangs of hunger. A vegetable business uses green to its fullest to show health of produce, and a dating website uses red to put you in a love mood. At a time when we are constantly bombarded by photos and objects all vying for our attention, the ability to stay focused on one thing is becoming ever rare. You will hear people saying, 'I am a jack of many trades but a master of none'. Some will say that this will only lead to more confusion since you don't know what path to follow. Others will dispute these claim and retaliate by arguing that it is always best to have backups for your backups. I'll leave the final decision to you. When you are young, the world is your oyster. There are endless possibilities and an ocean of hidden treasures to be discovered. However, you quickly learn that your mind can only accommodate so much. You realize it is not feasible to learn two intensive skills concurrently. You might end up burning out. Not to mention, you don't have the skills for either subjects. At the same time, you realize that solving the same issue over and over won't make you any much better at a particular skill unless you are willing to risk failure and loss. With the social landscape evolving ever so much, the stories of outliers who achieved fame, fortune and success even before they hit 25 has been used to push the notion that as long as you don't have some level of wealth by the time you are 25, you are worthless and offer no real value to society. That has, is and will never be the case. Skills are what define you in a professional setting. A plethora of skills at your disposal is great, but a skill that has honed to perfection is invaluable. You can have multiple skills that are perfect, don't get me wrong, However, it is worth noting that good things take time. As long as you put in the time, effort and focus required to learning a skill, mastery will inevitably be endowed upon you. It is hard to ignore the fact that we live in a fast paced world. Regardless, we have all been granted the power of slowing everything, within our control down. We cannot change external views and opinions about us, but we can control our thoughts and emotions. Yes, starting a career in business will lead to multiple headaches, sleepless nights, hemorrhaging money. But this is the price we should be willing to pay to achieve our hearts truest desires. If you dream is to build a flourishing company, you are obligated to pay taxes to the government. In the same vein, you should gladly pay the taxes of getting to learn and master a skill. These taxes might be light, like missing a day or two at the gym. But they may also be hefty, like ending up with insomnia due to the workloads on your desk. However complex your skill or craft may be, breaking it down to the simplest of tasks takes a load off your shoulders. It makes pondering over the pending tasks, as well as accomplishing them more manageable. And with enough time, effort and focus, your blood, sweat and tears will bear fruit. Take it one step at a time, and before you even know it, you will have gone above and beyond your original target.

Wainaina

jesse.wainaina@3qs.co.ke

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