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Michael Gervais: Finding Mastery

Michael Gervais: Finding Mastery

As the fable goes — there are three paths for each us, to become:

The Old Fool: the person who chased external rewards and pleasures.
The Bitter Old Fool: the person who chased external rewards, but didn’t get enough.
The Wise: the person who searched for insight and wisdom.

Likewise, the path of mastery captures deep understanding and insight -- it's not a path that is laying a bet now, by investing in a craft, for payment or recognition at some later time. The spoils of victory might just happen, but the orientation of the intent is paramount.

Today we are becoming overwhelmed with the need for instant reward, immediate verification that we are significant -- as a misguided attempt to satiate our thirst for meaning and belonging -- rather, we are propelling ourselves toward an emptiness that can only be filled by temporary pleasures.

Our need to belong, to understand, to explore, to connect to others and the world around us, to know safety and to know risk, to express and cr