Today I found myself contemplating that familiar question of what I would do if money was no object. It felt comforting that the honest answer was doing exactly the profession I am doing which I love – the Grinberg Method and giving sessions. Each hour with a client is precious and through teaching and giving I gain so much.
It is almost a year since I qualified as a practitioner and received my diploma and I recall it mentioned a few times of being a discipline similar to martial arts. At the time I had no experience of any martial art but now as a student of Xendo in London I reflect weekly on ”a black belt is a white belt who never stopped training“. There is a clear crossover between my practice as a kickboxing student and my practice as a practitioner. Neither art i can become excellent at without hours of dedication and experience.
When I become lazy and find excuses not to go to my kickboxing class the possibility for continued learning and reaching my next grade slips away. I am sure you will know this experience for any craft that is part of your life.
In the book outliers, Malcolm Gladwell states it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to become truly excellent and master any skill be it playing the piano, or computer programming and in my case becoming excellent at my profession and one day mastering the black belt!!
Privilege and good luck can ease the way but there is no substitute for 10,000 hours of working.
Loving what you do is important if you want to become a master in a craft. Perhaps it can turn the pain into pleasure.