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The Master Career Path: Creating Your MasterpieceBy Evan Nehring
The last stop as a craftsman on your career path is mastery. We think right away of master electricians and plumbers, master’s degrees, master Jedi or The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. For our purposes, a master is the highest level of achievement in one’s career field.
To become a master, a journeyman has to submit a master work piece to a guild for evaluation and be admitted to the guild as a master.
Mastery involves a crowning achievement: a masterpiece. This could be a PhD, a series of public exhibitions, a big contract, business success, or published works.
My only stake to the master path is aspiration. Would a New York Times bestseller place me there instantly? Yes it would.
I believe I have mastery within. I have felt it when graduating 4.0. I have felt it when l speak and look into people’s eyes. I resonate with mastery when I hear the stories of the Bible, because mastery is as much blessing as it is accomplishment. It is involves the blessing of natural gifts and the blessing of nurturing by family and mentors.
Mastery is often generational. Partly that’s because resources exist to pursue it. Partly that’s because the idea of mastery has been embraced, even chosen.
Masters are medical doctors and PhD's, pro athletes and executives. They are successful business owners and investors, touring musicians and accomplished authors. They are politicians and scientists, inventors and professors.
Are masters truly gifted or are they just the takers of life’s resources? Well, both, but you can often tell who has really done master work and who is just wearing the clothes. Are they lucky or good? Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Sometimes it’s better to be blessed than good.
The key to the master career path is finding and creating your masterpiece. Becoming a master means showing your work to be masterful. At some point that means narrowing your focus and centering your efforts. It means making the choice to become masterful. The toll of the master career path is the price of the masterpiece.
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Servant, apprentice, journeyman, and master. Each path has its appeal. Ultimately you will decide the path for which you believe you were created.
Some will find mastery early and journey to an even more elite place. What do you want to do? How high do you want to go? Do thoughts of mastery inspire you or exhaust you?