As Robert Greene says, “THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS. The human brain requires lengthy exposure to a discipline, which allows for complex skills to become deeply embedded and frees the mind up for actual creative activity. The desire to find shortcuts makes one eminently unsuited for any kind of mastery.”
Using the top down process, where one starts with a root or stem and follows the many possible branches to the numerous leaves (isolated facts) with thought, is the proper process for developing a habit of reasoning. Once the reasoning becomes a habit then intuition is the process. Using the bottom up method, the rote process, which is a mechanical form of memory without thought. “When we perform a task by rote, our brain’s connections are not continually strengthened, rote learning stymies creativity.” Says Chapman. The top down process is a laborious practice of the skill. Many hours are needed to acquire mastery of a skill. Ericcson says that it is a 10,000 hour endeavor. Learning and fine tuning a skill is not an end result, rather it is a process. It matters not whether it is 10,000 hours or 20,000 hours, it is a continued effort, says Ryan Holiday. As Bill Bradley said, “When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.” As in any skill; sport, music, dance, one has to practice the basics all through one’s career to maintain the skill that they have achieved. This should be done with an instructor, mentor, so that there is always constant feedback. This endeavor is called deliberate practice. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS.
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.