1. We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process, a journey.
– George Leonard
2. What we call “mastery” can be defined as that mysterious process through which what is at first difficult or even impossible becomes easy and pleasurable through diligent, patient, long-term practice.
– George Leonard
3. When you can see mastery as a path you go down instead of a destination you arrive at, it starts to feel accessible and attainable. Most assume mastery is an end result, but at its core, mastery is a way of thinking, a way of acting, and a journey you experience.
– Gary Keller
4. You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.
5. The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice.
– Brian Herbert
6. I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for – perfection is God’s business.
– Michael J. Fox
7. Ah, mastery… what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills… and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.
– Gail Sheehy
8. Mastery lies on an infinite continuum. As a result, we will never reach the end. We can, however, see to it that we are as far along that continuum as our circumstance allows.
– Chris Matakas
9. Perhaps we will never know how far the path can go, how much a human being can truly achieve, until we realize that the ultimate reward is not a gold medal, but the path itself
– George Leonard, Mastery
10. Learn everything you can – anytime you can – from anyone you can. There will always come a time when you will be glad you did.
– Sarah Caldwell
11. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
– Robert A. Heinlein – Science Fiction Writer
12. History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
– B. C. Forbes
13. We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
– Leo Buscaglia