Every master was once an apprentice!
The road to mastery is persistence and consistency…
Personally, I don’t think there is anything more frustrating than being new to a skill. I told you guys earlier that I enrolled for an advanced make-up class right? Okay, so in one of the session, I had to do a complete facial makeup on a model. I was so disappointed with myself after the session, because the makeup was nothing like that of my mentor. My mentor and some other people in the studio inspected my work, and the commended my efforts.
‘You are trying’ was all they kept saying to me; the more I heard those words, the angrier I was with myself. I am trying?????? Who cares about trying, I want to be the best!!!! A silent voice kept screaming in my head… I wanted desperately for them to stop saying that…I don’t want to be good enough, I want to the best…
Hmmm, have u ever felt that way??? You see certain ‘gods’ in your field of expertise and you tell yourself ‘God, I want to be this good’, and then when you start out on the journey to be that good, you get angry with yourself because you are not ‘that good’ fast enough….does that sound familiar???
Everybody at some point in their life has felt that way. We want to be masters of our craft, we close our eyes and we see ourselves as gods in our field, but when we start out on the journey, we realize soon enough it isn’t that easy.
Every master started out as a novice. And just like any other novice, they went through the ‘you are trying’ stage till they got to the ‘you are the best!’ stage. It all lies in perseverance and consistent practice.
For you to be able to be a master, you must learn to forgive yourself for the many mistakes you will make as an apprentice. Understand that they are all part of learning and growing. Mastery is a product of many failings and rising again…so keep trying.
Be patient with yourself; self growth is tender, it is a holy ground, and there is no greater investment-Stephen Corey
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit-Conrad Hilton
Okay friends, let’s hear your story; have you had similar experience as a novice, how did you work past those feelings? We would love to read your feedbacks….