From time to time on this blog I have written about the need for professionals to commit themselves to mastery, as a way of expressing a love for what one does, and as a way of becoming very, very skilled.
The article is well worth reading, and gives hope to those of us who remember the old power were taught as kids:
The heights of great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept
Were toiling upwards through the night.
— Winston Churchill
I strongly recommend the article — available for about US$4 from the Harvard Business Review site.
It’s message is important, and it is urgent, as it counters the dis-empowering thinking that what you are born with is the absolute and essential ingredient to any kind of success.