“Master,” The student asks. The student’s writing class had just finished. He stayed behind because he wanted to ask his master one more question. One that had been bothering him for a long time.
“Yes, what can I do for you?” The master writer said. “I wanted to ask you something. I’ve been wondering for a long time now, how the masters at their craft became a master. You are the only person I know that is a master, so I wanted to ask you: how did you become a master at your craft?” The student asked.
What Makes You a Master?
The master nods and sits down in his chair. “What do you think makes one a master? Whether that be a master of his craft or a master of life?” The teacher asked the student. The student thought about this, he had his ideas about mastering the craft of writing but wasn’t sure about them.
“Go on, I won’t punish you for giving a wrong answer. It’s about figuring this out, not about giving the correct answer. Such is life, we don’t always know what’s right but that’s not what matters. What matters is to just give an answer and figure out if it was right or not.” The master said, hoping to encourage his student.
“Well, I think,” The student began he hesitated for a moment. “I think that mastering anything requires a lot of hours of hard work. To put in as many hours as possible each day.” He said. The master hummed in agreement.
“That is right. However, there is something more important than putting in as many hours.” The master spoke. He leaned back into his chair and folded his hands. He looked outside the classroom window and continued.
We don’t always know what’s right but that’s not what matters. What matters is to just give an answer and figure out if it was right or not.
“Many of my students are concerned with this thing we call mastering the craft of writing. They are so concerned with it, that they want to master it as quickly as possible. They have this idea that you are only a worthy writer or human being if you master the craft of writing and the craft of living.” The master sighs. “It’s a shame, ’cause writing isn’t about mastering it quickly. None of life is about quickly mastering it. Could you imagine a life in which we could all become masters within days?” He said and laughed.
“It would be a mess, cause everyone would choose the wrong professions and would only do it for the selfish desire of achieving something. That’s not what mastery is about. Listen up young one.” The master said and leaned onto his desk.
“For one to master anything in life… For anyone to master the art of living itself,” The master repeated. “One needs to understand that we cannot master anything quickly. If you would focus on mastering something quickly it would mean that you are only concerned with the outcome of becoming a master. You are doing it out of love for the craft. You are doing it for desire, and fulling your selfish needs.” The master spoke loud and clear. He was clearly passionate about this.
If you would focus on mastering something quickly it would mean that you are only concerned with the outcome of becoming a master. You are doing it out of love for the craft. You are doing it for desire, and fulling your selfish needs.
Do it For the Love of Doing it
The master stomped on the desk with his fist. It startled the student. “The real key to mastering any craft,” The master continued with a fierce dedication in his voice. “Like writing, painting, teaching, or the art of mastering oneself, is to love what you do and show up consistently. It’s not about putting in many hours each day, but about just beginning and loving what you do. If you truly love what you do you’ll be able to maintain that practice till you die, if not, then that’s not what you should be doing.” The master was silent for a moment.
“A master at his or her crafts” He all of a sudden spoke loudly. “Is someone who does it for the love of doing it. For the excitement of doing it. For the joy of doing it. Never for the outcome of becoming a master or being successful. Love, young one. Love, that’s what it’s about.” The master calmed down.
The student sat silently thinking about the passionate explanation of his master. “Master,” He spoke softly. “What do you mean with ‘it’s all about love?’” The student asked.
“That is the real question you should ask yourself. If you want to master something or live your life, it’s about love. About loving what you do for a living and through that master it. Or loving the way your life is therefore making the most of it. If you truly want to master something you should ask yourself this: If you loved yourself what would be the best thing to do? It is not of importance if you already love yourself or not, by asking this question you will automatically begin to love yourself. You’ll learn to love life and the work you do in that life. The answer to this question will show you what love would do. It will set you free, cause you’ll follow the path of love, not the path of selfish desire and attachment to the outcome. That’s the road of mastery, it’s following the path of love, for if you love something you will continue doing it and that consistency will end up making you a master at your craft.”
“Yet that’s not the goal.” The student interrupted. The master nodded and smiled. “It isn’t, cause the goal of life is to fall in love with life, because today you live.”