Mastery is Repetition

As each arrow left for its target, the archers were caught between success (hitting the ten) and mastery (knowing it means nothing if you can’t do it again and again).

-Sarah Lewis, The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

It means nothing if you can’t repeat it.

Understand that you’re not done when you finally sing it in tune; know that the first Superior rating is insignificant; realize that one post going viral is luck, not skill.

We celebrate “overnight success” and the flavor-of-the-week top-40 song so much in our society that it is easy to forget what mastery feels like.