You often hear stories of how people work hard, overcome obstacles and eventually achieve mastery at something.
But having achieved mastery implies that you’ve learned everything about a particular subject or discipline.
By that definition, true mastery can never be achieved. There’s always more to learn.
I could guarantee you that LeBron doesn’t think he’s mastered the game of basketball. I know Tom Brady believes there are still ways he can improve as a football player.
The “greats” embrace the process of becoming great.
They know they can’t know it all. They believe that anyone (including kids and novices) can teach them something.
They believe in helping others and passing on their knowledge. Teaching actually improves the teacher’s understanding of a subject.
This is the process of becoming great. It sounds corny, but it’s true: Becoming great is all about the process.