Have you ever wondered why some people seem to succeed almost effortless while others work their heads off and don’t seem to make any meaning headway? Of late I have been studying successful people to uncover what they do differently from the rest of us. One thing that has stood out is their incredible focus and commitment to mastering the few things that make the biggest difference. 

While I am not usually fond of dichotomies, I’ve come to appreciate that there are two main types of people: the dabbler and the master.

A dabbler loves the initial excitement rush of starting a new thing. However, they are not fully invested or committed to long term goals. Very soon the novelty factor of the new thing starts to wear off and when things start to plateau, they are off to the next new thing or quickly start whining about how “they tried something and it does not work”. I know this very well because I’ve spent a good chunk of my career dabbling on several things. Sure, it’s exposed me to a lot of areas and I have a broad awareness on many topics but some of my biggest successes came from sections of my life when I was totally focused.

Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity. – Robin Sharma 

A master on the other hand is incredibly focused and commit for the long haul. They are prepared to go very deep and master all the intricacies of their craft or at least the core areas that will give them the most outcomes. They anticipate the plateau and challenges and see them as an opportunity for growth. It means being able to ruthlessly identify and eliminate distractions. Can you confidently so no to opportunities without feeling guilty or having the fear of missing out? From personal experience, mastery is often a part of our lives where we draw pride and a sense of accomplishment. 

So, why we do we struggle with striving for mastery? To start, there are too many distractions, noise and options in the world today thanks to technology. I don’t blame you for falling victim from time to time. That said, I feel that the biggest problem is based on fear and a scarcity mindset. We are afraid that picking a path and narrowing our options will mean missing out so we keep trying so many things in the name of diversification. Our scarcity mindset tells us that we’ll miss out if we don’t grab onto all possible opportunities and soo we find ourselves overwhelmed, throwing mud at the wall hoping some of it will stick and not making meaningful progress.

So what are you afraid of? What is stopping you from going deeper and committing to being a master of your craft?

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