Martin Luther King Jr said; “your work is something you get better at over a lifetime, and it should touch many other people. It should satisfy the SOUL’S yearning for righteousness.” All real work requires discipline; to engage in DELIBERATE PRACTICE, in order to MASTER a skill.
Bill Bradley was one of the greatest basketball players. He had trouble dribbling the ball. To overcome his challenge, he practiced dribbling with cardboard over the bottom of his glasses so he couldn’t see the ball as he dribbled it. This is DELIBERATE PRACTICE, as we learn a skill, the brain stores the new knowledge in the unconscious. Then it is practiced, and practiced until it becomes a distinct habit. “Self-discipline is a form of freedom,” said psychologist Dorfman.
You can be KNOWLEDGEABLE with other people’s KNOWLEDGE, but you can’t be wise with other people’s WISDOM. A good MENTOR teaches the basic KNOWLEDGE embedded in any craft. This KNOWLEDGE, from a MENTOR, can’t be acquired through just learning. It is developed through shared practice and experience with the MENTOR. Only then can MASTERY and WISDOM be approached. The student also learns that FAILURE IS A PROCESS TO LEARNING.
The solid meaning of life is to assist another and MENTOR. Through MENTORING the MENTOR learns his craft, his skill better. The MENTOR can acquire MASTERY by sharing their KNOWLEDGE and SKILL. This kind of work can be a cure for self-centeredness.
COMPLETE THE CIRCLE, give back what was given to you along with what you acquired. Watch with pleasure those that you have MENTORED climb to much higher heights than you, with the KNOWLEDGE that you have shared. THAT’S COMPLETING THE CIRCLE.
LEARN YOUR SKILL BETTER, MENTOR OTHERS, BECOME A MASTER FROM THIS. THEN ENJOY THEIR GAIN OF MASTERY.
Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective
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.
Thank you ~ in reflection, to GIVE, we can then receive in the form of gratitude. Yin-Yang, may the two become ONE. Just as the ocean has it’s tide, it is wise to return to the Source…
Small waves and large waves
A small wave in the ocean laments “Poor me. Other waves are so great in size, yet I am so small. Other waves can travel so fast, yet I am so inferior.” Another wave replies “This is because you do not know your true being, so you think you are suffering. A wave is your temporary phenomenon. In actual fact, you are water. When you realize that your true being is water, you will no longer be troubled by your physical form, and therefore will no longer suffer.”
Lovely post. Thanks for a wonderful reminder about freely sharing our gifts. 💜