I know the first thing that comes to mind when becoming a master is hard work and long hours. Even though that can be one aspect there are other aspects of mastery but there is one key aspect that can change the perspective of the idea mastery.
This idea comes from a kung fu master.
The story begins about the founder of judo–Jigoro Kano. As Kano was approaching death he gathered his students around him and asked that he be buried in his white belt. Now as the founder of judo it is ok to assume that he was way past the level of white belt and past the degree that you can be of when it comes to being black belt. Yet the the idea of being buried with his white belt symbolizes that the journey of mastery is the success of being a life long learner.
What this means is that mastery means you’re humble enough to always be a student and learn new things and progress on top of the things you already know.
The word Mastery in itself has many branches that go into it, but one thing that masters are known for is specialization in one discipline. A master is not known for how to do many things but ONE thing and if anything else it’s related to that one thing.
In order to become a master of anything one thing is for certain you have to decide to commit yourself to this one thing. This is probably the hardest decision you have to make towards mastery, but once its made, you’ve already started the first step to your journey.
As the old proverb goes “the journey to a thousand steps begins with one step”.