Mastery Requires Endurance

Sarah Lewis, in The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and The Search For Mastery, she discusses the mindset of archers at target practice. Her definition of mastery may be useful for educators.

Lewis writes:

Mastery requires endurance. Mastery, a word we don’t use often, is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognate–perfectionism–an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us. Mastery is also not the same as success–an event-based victory based on a peak point, a punctuated moment in time. Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved line, constant pursuit (p. 7-8).

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See also Otherwise Ignored Ideas and (other posts about failure here)


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