Posted by Andy Petranek : Monday, Dec 16, 2013
What does mastery look like? Who or what do you think of when you think about something that is done masterfully... with virtuosity?
I was watching this helicopter video the other day, and the only word I could think of to describe what I was watching was ‘insane’. He was picking up Christmas trees from where they were cut to an awaiting haul-away truck... and he was doing it with incredible precision, grace, speed, accuracy, and skill. But to me, his flying looked completely and utterly insane - like he was literally putting his life on the line each and every time he picked up or dropped off his payload. And to take the risks that it looked like he was taking - to fly so fast and to swing the trees into the back of that dump truck with such precision - incredible, and completely insane!
But then I started to think about it. That pilot has probably logged tens of thousands of hours in a helicopter. Hours upon hours of incredibly boring and mundane, consistent practice behind the stick. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Practicing all the fundamentals. Honing his craft. Probably over 10,000 hours. The video doesn’t show all that... just the end product of his years of toil. To him, it’s just another day of practice... maybe just a slight stretch beyond what he was capable of yesterday... not insane at all. Really... no big deal, and in fact, probably pretty darn fun!
And then I started to think about the way mastery appears in all areas of life - be it the more obvious ones like a pilot, skateboarder, gymnast, runner, or magician, or the not so obvious like the super organized mom, the masterful elementary school music teacher, the tech guy, or the coworker that can keep everything together . They’ve all mastered something - by practicing it over and over and over again. Nothing insane at all.
What have you mastered? If you look back at the last 10 years of your life, what have you been practicing for? Whether you know it or not, you’re mastering something... Is it sitting on the couch watching TV? Facebooking? Or is it something you’ll look back on with satisfaction and pride, knowing you and the world is better off for you having mastered it?
MONDAY'S WORKOUT (CAP)
A) ME (Max Effort) Squat
4x2 @ 90-95%
B) 20 min. MU Practice (Hip extension priority)
C) AMRAP 10
5 PC (95/65)
10 Tuck Jumps
20 Double Unders
AND COMING TUESDAY (CAP)
50 Wall Ball
50 RKB Swing
50 Wall Ball
50 RKB Swing