D029: The price of mastery
We all have experienced those enlightening moments with profound and long-lasting implications.
What trigger such events is, most of the time, a mystery that remains unsolved forever. But, there is definitely a before and after.
There are three identifiable categories for these inflection points: quitting (e.g. smoking), starting (e.g. writing) or both (e.g. quitting your job to become an entrepreneur).
Past that point, we enter a parallel universe where there is no way back, only a path forward. You have decided to pursue something, and now you have to pay the price.
And if what you decided to pursue is mastery, the price will be very high. You must practice, consistently, for the rest of your life.
But there is always a first step on that journey. Many years later, you look back at day one with a smile, and keep moving forward.