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The way of the samurai: Master something and make it your passion

image One of the things I love about Kurosawa samurai films is the way mastery shows itself through so many of the people. The samurai aren’t just into swordplay—though the movies wouldn’t be as much fun if there wasn’t plenty of that—but also show an appreciation for understanding the world around them.

That attitude of mastery is focused to the tip of their blade, but mastery can show itself through anything, like a perfectly made bowl of rice.

Sometimes there’s an upstart who starts out brash but then wants to learn from a master—to develop mastery too.

Mastery is infectious.

From one generation to the next—or just from one person to another—the pursuit of personal mastery has many benefits. For the person working towards mastery, there’s the energy unleashed through the expression of that passion. For those on the receiving end of that mastery—ok, unless it’s a bad guy getting stabbed with a sword—there’s a benefit to being able to hear a new piece of music, see some new art, eat a lovingly cooked meal or receive a well-written TPS Report.

Mastery is even expressed through how you show love and caring towards another.

Regardless of what it is, each time you try the results come out a little different from the last. That’s a good thing. Develop your mastery through the iterations. Learn from the successes as well as the not-successes (seems pointless to call them failures).

As long as you try, it’s worth something.

Mastery isn’t something you arrive at.

It’s a journey.

It’s an expression.

What do you love to do?

How can you express it today?

How can you make it better over time?

How can you turn that mastery into something that will support you for life?