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I was humbled

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I want to talk about mythical “unicorns” — people who are so good at what they do, you almost cannot believe it.

These people exist. When I was younger and an arrogant, stupid 20-something guy, I couldn’t believe someone could actually be better than me at something.

Then I grew up and learned the meaning of being humbled.

  • In high school, two real lawyers coached our mock trial team. We’d be stumped on what to say, and they would smile, take a 5-second glance at our paper, then give us a totally improvised, word-perfect 3-minute speech with zero “ums” “uhs” and “ahs.” It was riveting. It was amazing. It made me realize I wasn’t the great orator I thought I was.
  • In college, I spent 40 hours/week on my introductory programming class. One night, I was sitting in the lab, 4 hours into a problem set, when my friend walked in, sat down, read the prompt, put his hands behind his head, TOOK A NAP FOR 15 MINUTES, then woke up and finished the problem set in about 20 minutes. I wanted to die.

These experiences felt bad in the short-term, but were AMAZING in the long term.

It would have been easy to mope around and say, “I’ll never be as good as they are.”
But I looked at it a different way: It was awe-inspiring to see someone performing at a level I didn’t even think was possible.

Fast forward a few years, and as part of my Zero to Launch program, I recorded a video where I took someone’s sales copy…and rewrote it on the spot. The reaction:

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I love studying the best of the best. Basketball players, CEOs, movie characters…I don’t care. What I learned is this: The #1 players are 10x-100x better than the #2 people. They know more, they’ve seen more, and they’re masterfully adept at reacting to novel situations that would cripple mere mortals. While everyone else fights over scraps, masters play an entirely different game.

This is true in sports, in business, and even in personal life.

Masters get disproportionate rewards. For example, I don’t charge 2x or 5x my competitors. I often charge 100x — and get it.

I’ve told you that 2014 is The Year of Unapologetic Mastery, and this week, we’re going to look at greatness. Who are the masters that influenced me? What makes someone 100x as good as another person? What can you do to reach that level?

But first, I want to hear from you. Tell me about ONE master you met. It could be in any industry. A master car mechanic…the person at work who always seems to be 3 steps ahead at defusing tension…anything.

Share your story of ONE example of mastery you’ve encountered in the comments below.

P.S. Talk to you tomorrow with more on mastery. This week is one of my favorite topics.

P.P.S. Ask Me Anything! Today, at 3pm Eastern, I’m doing an “AMA-style” interview on Lifehacker. This “Ask the Expert” session is all about starting an online business. So if you want to ask me anything about starting an online business, join me at www.lifehacker.com at 3pm Eastern today (Monday 5/5).

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YOHAMI
2 years 3 months ago

Spent two weeks mixing a song with top quality pro audio gear. Watch a french dude do a superior job in 30 minutes with just a laptop and plugins.

Carolynn
2 years 3 months ago
When I was in college, I studied Kumdo and Hapkido with a graduate student from Korea. No big deal, right? This guy was very modest and unassuming. I’d seen him around campus, leading lectures on biblical law. He was skinny and bookish and completely underwhelming in a suit and tie. With martial arts, it was a totally different ball game – the first day, he nearly succeeded in strangling my friend, a 6’3″ rugby player. How that happened: he asks our class of 20 (all boys, except for me) if anyone has any experience in martial arts. My buddy and… Read more »
Justaperson
Justaperson
2 years 3 months ago

Do you remember all those college lectures? Of course not.

I don’t remember what one professor talked about exactly, but he was able to WOW us weekly with his positive vibes. As a person, he was just an amazing, happy dude. I haven’t met someone so happy – or at least someone so talented at displaying and conveying such life happiness and the ability to make other people feel good about being in his presence.

Corey
Corey
2 years 3 months ago
When I was younger I was in a Shotokan Karate Class. Our sensei were very talented, and would often show us a kata (form) that they had practiced. Though their movements were faster, more powerful, and smoother than what any of the students could do, they still they had not mastered their craft. We sometimes would see our sensei’s sensei, and we would be mystified with his unknown capabilities, and stories we had heard before. One day we were lucky enough to see him perform for us. He would sometimes come to visit, and teach us. I remember that even… Read more »
William Kennedy
2 years 3 months ago
This was probably the most humbled I have been. I worked in Sales alongside this guy who now works in Real Estate. We will call him Steve. I was pretty good at sales and used to be just shy of the top 10 in the company. This guy was amazing though. I was ok at sales but Steve was amazing. On average I would get about 25 sales a month. This guy would nearly double that number. One month, he was out sick for about 20 days and he only had about two sales from the start of the month.… Read more »
Brian
Brian
2 years 3 months ago
Never met him, but if we’re talking about masters Jaromir Jagr (NHL Player) is a great example. He was in the top-30 in terms of scoring this past season, is in the top-10 all time, and next year he will be the oldest player in the league at 43. The most interesting part for this audience is not his physical mastery of the game (although there are plenty of examples), but his mental frameworks. He’s repeatedly expressed his desire to play as long as possible, and although he probably could have signed a new contract for multiple years this off… Read more »
Martin
2 years 3 months ago

I recently started pro wrestling. I’ve met all kinds of characters that have been around for years and even decades. Many struggle to even pay the bills. My coach on the other hand, started at 28 and was in the WWE within two years making a killing and becoming a celebrity in no time. His story really impressed me and was the main reason as to why I wanted to train under him.

Marcela
2 years 3 months ago

My former mentor and professor of Public International Law was the most brilliant international lawyer I have met. His mind would draw jaw dropping correlations and conclusions with tremendous ease in extremely difficult areas. His mind was an amazing computer from which he could pull the exact right information at the exact right time. Brilliant, just brilliant.

Stephen
Stephen
2 years 3 months ago
Retail is an art form. My first great master taught me more in my first ten minute walk around the store than I had learned in my previous four years. I learned and forgot more in two years with him than I have learned in my subsequent four years. Ten total years with my two under his tutelage being far and above the best. The laziest, least involved manager ever… He didn’t have to “work” like other managers and he showed me why. He was the best, most knowledgable and passed that confidence on to his staff in a way… Read more »
April
April
2 years 3 months ago

Every Landmark Forum leader I’ve ever heard speak during a course (over 20) is an absolute master of leading large groups of people (150-300) through complicated emotional exercises and responsibly delivering the promises of the course.

Mike
2 years 3 months ago
I was invited by a co-worker to join his jazz improvisation group. A bunch of musicians, some professional, other like us with “day jobs” would get together at someone’s house/apartment and we’d play charts from The Real Book. I’m an ok guitarist who learned mostly by ear. I could keep up with the charts for chords, and riff a little lead, but I had trouble with changes and getting the feel if I didn’t already know the tune. My co-worker, on the other hand, could look at any chart, jump right in without ever having heard the tune before and… Read more »
Matt
2 years 3 months ago
My Taekwon-Do instructor is a master in the truest sense of the word. One day he challenged a friend of mine to a sparring match. At the time my buddy was 17, a black belt and very athletic. My instructor was in his 60s and groaned every time he got up out of a chair. Despite this, my friend couldn’t land a single punch, kick or anything no matter how hard he tried. What was really incredible was that my instructor never moved from where he was standing and used only one technique. It wasn’t even a common technique, just… Read more »
Rita
Rita
2 years 3 months ago

Seeing several world-class musicians and having had the opportunity to study with them and learn from them has taught me something incredibly important about mindsets. Most people feel discomfort and run away from it. Masters run towards situations that stretch them and push them to be better. You have to embrace those things that will push you to grow, constantly surround yourself with people who are better than you and insist on excellence every single time you perform.

AV
2 years 3 months ago

A CEO of Baltimore’s redevelopment project was talking to investors as I guided them through our property. He said “Parking garages were built here and here [points] to force foot traffic past our designated retail window spaces.”

So simple, yet as a city planner, effective. Masterful thought processes if you ask me.

Juliana
Juliana
2 years 3 months ago
The best example of mastery is my current director. I’m amazed by all the things he does in the same 24 hours day I have. He has 3 kids and is active on their activities, he runs 2 huge departments, reads books, reports, magazines, news on our business, is the first to get here and the last to leave, knows EVERYTHING about the company’s revenues and business, runs at the beach everyday, plays tennis once in a while, sleeps (I really though this wasn’t possible)… but the thing that inspires me the most about him is that with all this… Read more »
Michael
Michael
2 years 3 months ago

My example is my college professor while studying abroad in Spain. I took a class on the European Union from him and he had the most amazing ability to lecture for a full hour and a half each day of the week without hardly a single note. The class covered hundreds of years of European history of the EU and he knew all of it by heart. I have no idea how he had managed to commit it all to memory so well.

Paul
Paul
2 years 3 months ago

My jurisprudence lecturer. Never seen such an amazing talent. And recently, Jay Abraham. Such a living marketing wonder

Joseph
2 years 3 months ago

I was working as a recording engineer on a large-scale album project with a number of known artists. I considered myself pretty damn good. Then they brought in another engineer that used to work with Heavy D. My mind was blown when he started working five times faster than me. I didn’t even know it was possible for someone to edit that fast.

I’m a lot more badass today because of that moment.

Traci
Traci
2 years 3 months ago

I met Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, considered one of the best fantasy writers of our generation. He was incredibly hilarious, wonderfully dorky, and brilliant. 😉

Sean Mysel
Sean Mysel
2 years 3 months ago
Probably the most amazing instance of mastery I’ve ever seen was meeting Dave Grohl from Nirvana/Foo Fighter fame. Crazy story! I was doing a walkthrough inspecting the sports arena I worked at in New Jersey. Foo Fighters were on a tour stop and I walk into the green room. Usually the times I walk in it’s empty but there was Dave strumming a guitar. I apologized but he was totally cool he’s just saying what’s up. So I asked him how he got where he was and he told me (which now is a favorite quote of his): Well we… Read more »
Adamber
Adamber
2 years 3 months ago
Guys, Anthony ‘Tony’ Robbins is the best of the bests in my opinion, Ive learnt sooo much from him in personal development, since I got to know him and his stuff, im an addicted weirdo, changed my life compeletely for the good. One of the takeaways from is that every time I read something from him actually in my mind HE is the one reading with the perfectly same voice quality, and that is What gets me going and adrenalized! That is an other thing that I apply some of the tools he shares im sure 110% of you know… Read more »
Lance
2 years 3 months ago
Since I first entered college, my peers in physical education department have looked up to me. Most of the information came easy, some not so much, but I was always able to get it. Most of the time I would walk into a class already possessing the knowledge because I have taken it upon myself to learn it years prior or my boss at one of the top gyms in America has taught it to me. Then I met who is now a close friend of mine. He becomes engulfed in rehabilitation and strength & conditioning. He writes research reviews,… Read more »
Chris B. Behrens
2 years 3 months ago
I was working with a church group that was repairing a house for an older lady. We were putting on a roof, and we were reasonably well prepared for that task, but that place was pretty well trashed, and it became apparent that there were a lot of other problems with the house. We simply couldn’t fix everything – that was not on the table. But we knew that this elderly lady was going to be walking out her front door and down the steps to go to work every day, so we decided that we would try to focus… Read more »
Rob
Rob
2 years 3 months ago
My friends and I once attended a master class by the pianist, Constance Keene. It was sort of a consolation prize, since she had given a concert the night before that we only found out about the next day. Apparently the power had gone out in the middle of the performance and she finished the concert by the light of a candelabra sitting on the piano. Anyway, we figured we could see her play a bit at the master class. She was in her 80s and very frail. The first student played a Chopin piece in a way that was… Read more »
Layne
Layne
2 years 3 months ago
George Perez lives in my town – he is one of the longtime artists for Marvel Comics. He took a liking to a community theater we have in this town – and it’s how I became exposed to him. He enjoys getting into the acting, but he once designed a set for a particular show. This show used little to no props, but had a back wall, and two sidewalls that George painted with incredible detail for the show – it didn’t look comic book at all – it was appropriate for that particular show, and it was masterfully done…… Read more »
Luke
Luke
2 years 3 months ago

Similar to your programming story. We had a Java/C++ (Mostly DOS) Class in High School and I remember once a few of us came up with the idea of making a calendar application that would print the gris with months and numbers, etc.

A buddy of mine was writing a game and he needed a break one day. So he decide to try our Calendar app which we had been working on for a while. He wrote it in one period, then went back to his personal project!!!

Jesse
Jesse
2 years 3 months ago

I once rolled (sparring) with a 5th degree black belt in brazilian jiu jitsu. Humbling to feel like a child in the hands of a man who could choke the life out of you while he’s laughing and saying in “don’t do that my friend” in portuguese.

This article is true. The elites of the elites are just on another planet from mere mortals.

Claire
Claire
2 years 3 months ago
Ahahaha at your CS problem set story. But that’s how I feel about what you do although I could take naps during my CS finals. I just met a master a month ago, seriously the smartest person I think I’ve met in my life. He’s a martial arts teacher, one of the highest skilled in this particular art in the area. He is able to take the most difficult student and teach them such that after only 2 weeks in his class, I noticed the significant improvement in this student’s practice and also guessed who the new teacher was before… Read more »
Susan
2 years 3 months ago
Warren, a highly trained American bonsai instructor is a master at what he does in the world of traditional Japanese bonsai. I had the good fortune of hearing him speak on numerous occasions. I had accompanied a friend and was not particular interested in his chosen topic of the day-but we were going right by the event on a trip; there was no excuse or escape for me. We went in and listened and I ended up being blown away by his mastery of speech and content. He never stumbles, says uh, duh or ah, and is fluid, interesting and… Read more »
Jeremy
2 years 3 months ago

I once worked with a 69 year old carpenter who could build anything with wood, hammer, saw, and nails – I mean anything, in no time at all. It was amazing how quickly and easily this humble, salt of the earth guy, could construct with his hands what would take the rest of us young bucks at least 2-3 times as long and much lower quality. It was baffling. A day of working with him was like a year learning all on my own.

Henner
2 years 3 months ago

There’s this Australian guitarist I met three years ago, Tommy Emmanuel. To me, he’s the perfect example for real mastery. He has mastered his instrument to an extend that is beyond what people think is possible with a piece of wood and six strings. I don’t just speak of technical mastery. He puts his heart and soul into every song, every note, and combines it with a natural musicality and seemingly effortless playing that floors me every time I listen to his music.

A.
A.
2 years 3 months ago
I met Bill Clinton with my parents while he was the president. We moved here in mid 90s as refugees after living under Sarajevo’s siege for three years. In any case we were invited with a bunch of other recent immigrants/refugees to help him sign a document that called for a week of peace in the world. So here we are, a crazy fucking bunch people from all over the world, tripping over English words as we tried to tell him our stories… And he was such an enigmatic conversationalist. It was fascinating to watch him relate to everyone on… Read more »
Michael
Michael
2 years 3 months ago

I was teaching ballet class and having trouble getting kids to point their foot and smile at the same time. Their attention could not fill the volume of their body. That afternoon I watched an Aikido demo where the teacher easily avoided two high school football players trying to tackle him while explaining the days lesson to his class and naming each move he made. His volume of attention filled his own body, his two attackers and the 20 observers he was teaching.

ma
2 years 3 months ago

Just to inform you about the next piece of simple but inspiational material about life.
Thought you might like it as well.

By the way found your story on humility great

Have a nice day .

http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Rules-Fulfilled-Happy-LIfe-ebook/dp/B00JOUEKBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399327495&sr=8-1&keywords=50+rules+happy+fulfilled

Bill
2 years 3 months ago

I met bill graham he was a true master

Ben
Ben
2 years 3 months ago
I recently did something evil unto a good friend. I had no idea what to do next. I turned to one of my mentors. He gave me a script( … word for word, how to say it, when to pause when to look him straight in the eyes….) to defuse the situation and find out what my friend exactly told the authorities. He even made an analysis of how everything went down in my friend’s head and what he most likely did. It was so amazing. …. What’s even better is that his advice worked like magic and he actually… Read more »
Jon
2 years 3 months ago

Don Miguel Ruiz. Definitely a master at the art of detachment while still interacting with society (being in the world, but not of it). I find it very interesting how easy life can become when we [un]learn how to reject ourselves and be ok with whatever it is we want to pursue. Using systems (such as “The Four Agreements”) to accomplish this speeds up the process much faster. We definitely pick our teachers and we get what we want out of life.

Marc Mawhinney
2 years 3 months ago

Although he died almost 500 years ago, I believe the ultimate master was Leonardo da Vinci. The man epitomizes “mastery”, and his life is truly inspirational. Robert Greene’s “Mastery” gives lots of other examples, but da Vinci is the one that stands out for me.

Haylee
2 years 3 months ago

My father, Jerry Lindsey, is an absolute Master at his trade. He makes custom jewelry, often even cutting the stones himself. He can take one look at a stone and create the perfect setting to bring out it’s natural beauty. He doesn’t have to try- it’s like magic flows out of his hands. The pieces he designs for his customers perfectly embody their personality in a way that is utterly amazing. I knew exactly what you meant when you mentioned “unicorns,” as it comes so natural to him but is almost mystical to the rest of us.

tammy
tammy
2 years 3 months ago

Small things reflect mastery. A person has more humor not becuz he saw things i didnt, but he beat me when we both told the same story, but he did a better job.
Two videos simply had mastery
Crazy sand, won Ukraine got talent, from a sand artist.
Another video I saw a person drawing a transformer in color using EXCEL. Stunning.
its said 10,000 hours in one field will make one expert. Well, a master technique goes with their mind and soul. Concentration, is all they need.

Chris
Chris
2 years 3 months ago
Years ago when studying martial arts, i happened across a book by a martial artist called Peter Ralston. I kind of smirked at the pictures as it seemed contrived, unrealistic. But since later one of his other books had an endorsement by an author I respected a lot, I contacted him, and went from the UK to a weeklong workshop in Holland. Anyway. It has been years since then. Is hard to describe what I experienced. He was so far above anything I had seen before (or since) that can only say was as if some non-human had come from… Read more »
Dan Ingraham
Dan Ingraham
2 years 3 months ago
Over thirty years ago I took a Judo class at a local community college. We were taught by an Olympic coach level master black belt. Mr Jay Kim taught us throws, sweeps, arm bars and how to properly defend ourselves. The final exam was to show him what we learned by throwing each other and then Master Kim had us one by one try to throw him. He literally could not be thrown. It felt like I had a bag of wet cement in my arms. After one minute of me trying different maneuvers, he looked in my eyes and… Read more »
Simeon
Simeon
2 years 3 months ago
when i was in college, i always start my programming projects 2 weeks earlier because i know i work so slow. even with my homework i would do them a week in advance, and when it comes to taking exams, I would take 3 weeks to study for them. but there was this guy and a girl, who can finish a programming project in one hr, study for an exam in 2 hrs and get 100% on the exam. crazy right!, but i always ask myself how did they do it. after graduating, i met the guy and ask him,… Read more »
Amanda
2 years 3 months ago

I watched a tap master perform alongside jazz musicians in a music festival months ago. It was the first time I’ve ever stared so hard at someone’s feet and had my jaw drop to the floor. The way he varies his sound with volume, and have a conversation with the musicians while adding an element of humour, my god. No wonder he’s an artist in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation.

Dan
Dan
2 years 3 months ago
I knew a mechanical engineer that was a master at everything. He had an advertised specialty that he was unbelievably good at but the thing that always left my jaw on the floor every time I talked to him was that he could expound on any topic and walk out of the room leaving me feeling like a complete ignoramus. The guy got called on anytime there was a problem and it was easy to see why. It inspired me to want to become the go-to guy. I’m getting there though I still feel like I have a LONG way… Read more »
Nick
Nick
2 years 3 months ago
Am a car designer and I still remember trying to place a tape on a clay model covered in dinoc film in my first year on the job. I was lying on my back since it was on the bottom of the car and trying to put a straight line going around the corner of a bumper. I had to be careful not to make a mistake since the tape could peel away the fragile dinoc film. It took me 10 minutes just to do one corner of the car. Then the design chief came by in his suit, smiled,… Read more »
jsy
jsy
2 years 3 months ago
Hmm, if you mean master than probably my grandpa is one of the master the art of metaphysics who predicted when he will go to heaven, and it was precisely on that year as he predicted. I still remember clearly it was during year 2000. Before that he fall into a stroke during 1996, and we all panic for him, but he smile at us and told us he would not go yet because he still got 4 more years to live. Fast forward to year 2000 the eve of chinese new year, midnight 1am, we gotten a call from… Read more »
Kate Punivai
2 years 3 months ago
I recently had the privilege of befriending a “master” mechanic. This guy is only 25 years old, and a complete whizz. He left school in Form 2, to go and learn mechanics with his father. He now runs the business, he lives and breathes engines, and even reads engine manuals in his spare-time, for goodness sake! He’s second to none in his work, but more than that, the guy is a true humanitarian. He often accepts payment in the form of foods or homegrown produce, when people don’t have the money to pay him. He could be financially wealthy, but… Read more »
Kate Punivai
2 years 3 months ago

Actually, just reading back through the comments, one thing stands out to me. So many of the comments mention that the “master” they met wasn’t only brilliant at their craft, they were genuinely nice, humble people who always kept their curiosity and desire to learn.

Perhaps we can all learn from that…

Harmonious1
2 years 3 months ago
I am a master. Believe it or not.. Aikido master to be exact. Award-winning philosopher to boot, without meaning to brag.. Yet, I have five students that just pay the rent on the dojo. My wife has given me an ultimatum.. make some money in six months or get out. Well, Buddhist don’t fret, right.. but you could say, I’m shaving laser-sharp at the moment… Somehow, being cool unders stress doesn’t always mean you can keep the people around you calm.. It’s hard for me to believe that someone like me, with little to no business experience, can be great… Read more »
Ravi s
Ravi s
2 years 3 months ago

I am having one good friend.
when he was student his brother was sent him out of his home, du to imbalance financial position.
because my friend was lost his parants.
His brother lost his money in gambling.
after that my friend came to me with expecting help.
Then I helped him to get job for 2000 rs saliry.
after 2 years my friend was got an ability to start a new bakery.
Now he is earning rs 100000. Per month.
how he has achieved this?
this is un solved question for me.

Apoorv
2 years 3 months ago

I got my ass kicked by short & skinny guy in Brazilian Jujitsu class. I am 6 foot tall & 220 lbs big man. I met this 5′ 5″ skinny fellow & I could not beat him. Even with brute force. He had perfected his skills. I had no skill but only strength & weight.

Hanna
2 years 3 months ago
I´ve been lucky to encounter a few really successful people who have turned their passion into a profession and doing really well. A person that has really impressed recently is my old neighbour who literally went from zero to becoming one of the top- real estate agents in Finland. Her Facebook-posts are just amazing! She seems to be selling apartments like others are selling vegetables! She has succeeded selling houses that were on sale for a year in just a day! People send her flowers, gift her cakes and simply LOVE her – she is attracting masses of clients! And… Read more »
Gayle
Gayle
2 years 3 months ago
I’m intrigued by the number of people who have referenced the martial arts in their posts and it occurred to me that true mastery may hinge on the willingness of the individual to believe that what seems to be impossible can actually be achieved. The master who came to my mind has a unique gift. In his area of specialty (biology) he has an uncanny ability to think beyond a given set of facts; a true innovator. He was the quiet guy in class who, when asked a question, would consistently receive a response from the professor along the lines… Read more »
Jessica
Jessica
2 years 3 months ago
Another sports reference–I attended a roller derby boot camp a couple of months ago with Smarty Pants (Texecutioners, Team USA), who is one of the best skaters in the world. It was only an 8-hour camp, but her mastery of the sport is amazing–she taught us all how to think about derby differently, and how start improving–by focusing on the mental game and fundamental form rather than on brute power and athleticism. The best skaters can do all of the physical stuff, but the masters have the mental game down and know how to recognize and correct errors, and improve.… Read more »
Jane
2 years 3 months ago

I met Julia Child randomly at a restaurant when I was in high school–she was sitting at a nearby table and my family decided to strike up a conversation with her. My parents are incredible cooks, and I grew up learning from them, so this was especially meaningful for us. We only chatted with her for a minute, but I will always remember that moment. She was so friendly!

Ed
Ed
2 years 3 months ago
I have played chess since I was 4 years old, including once competing internationally in Poland. Recently I was in my local club, and a player about 5 years younger than me was playing. I found to my amazement I could not even get a foothold against him. His position stayed completely solid throughout whereas my own gained weakness after weakness. Unlike my own style of play he never leapt on a small mistake straight away and rarely played the obvious move but just hung back and let my position get worse until it cracked at the seams. I’ve never… Read more »
Clare
Clare
2 years 3 months ago

She’s a music therapy colleague and one of my closest friends. She has the amazing ability to proofread an article, give it a few tweaks and suddenly the text makes sense.

Yolanda
Yolanda
2 years 3 months ago
Had the chance to hear top performers who came for a concert in my home town. As I was part of a small jazz formation, we were blabbering about how passing an audition to enter that group would be the best thing ever. And it happened; they were recruiting singers. Went to Paris with a fella and ended up been chosen for the choir (They liked the idea of having a girl singing Tenor/Barython). I couldn’t believe it. But it was an amazing 2-years-experience. Had the chance to approach singers I only heard of or dreamed of before, learn tons… Read more »
Omar
Omar
2 years 3 months ago

Although I do not know him personally, someone who truly impacted my personal development and whom I learned from marketing and time management is EBEN PAGAN.
His style of teaching and the amazing value he provide in all of his products completely transformed much of my thinking in general, not just on the topics he was teaching.

gary
gary
2 years 3 months ago
10 years ago I took up making golf clubs as a hobby for retirement. I started to feel good about it. even confident. I made a set of woods for a customer I thought was a high handicapper. As It turned out he is a very good week end player. I met him later at a tournament and he was telling a friend that if he wanted a set made I was the best. Now I got scared. what if I can not do for someone else, like I did for him. I was excepting improvement , but not that… Read more »
Lorraine
2 years 3 months ago

I see work from a makeup artist i follow. And I am in awe sometimes to see these absolutely amazingly creative looks she creates!

Stacey
Stacey
2 years 3 months ago
A few years ago I had a job at a posh pub in London. The assistant manager had his flaws but was the most gifted manager I’ve ever seen. He had been in hospitality for years and was like a natural. The chef would be freaking out about 50 people ordering at once and the assistant manager could jump in the kitchen and chop veggies or turn the steak. He could make any cocktail anyone asked for. He would get a bottle of tequila and give us shots behind the bar on Saturday nights when the pressure was on to… Read more »
danjef
2 years 3 months ago
Emil
Emil
2 years 3 months ago

I admire the Rich and Honest Businessman. How he was able to get those deals and strike a balance on risk and reward to get to where they are right now – Earning Millions and even Billions.

Marilyn Stern
2 years 3 months ago
I think of this exchange when I think of total mastery not only in terms of the actual skill set but in terms of the stunningly elegant, non argumentative way to persuade a client or colleague to see your vision. I am an architect and I was designing a large house with a sculptural center stair. A famous and well respected interior designer was working on the furnishing and finishes for the house. The client allowed that the designer had suggested that I close in the stairway which was designed to be open to the dining room. Architects hate it… Read more »
Kim
Kim
2 years 3 months ago

This is an eye opening for me. I came across similar situations and I had tried but without success so I filed it as natural talents and that I’m just not one of them. Especially when it comes to art; when I saw Robin Pickins’ or Suzy Toronto’s art, I just want to be able to do something similar that make me feel like I just want to die because I will never be able to.

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