#456 The (Lucky) Master’s Path

Walk 1 Mile and Destination Is 2 Miles Farther Away

In our last +1, we talked about George Leonard and met his vision of a Master. (We also took a quick look at the Dabbler, the Hacker and the Obsessive.)

Today I want to chat with you about the passage I mentioned that was tattooed on my brain.

First, just a little more context. Recall that the Master is ALL about the PROCESS of Mastery. He (or, of course, she) has goals that inspire him but that’s not his primary focus. He’s ALL IN on the PRACTICE of showing up day in and day out—creating Masterpiece Days John Wooden style.

Now, when you get THAT engaged in the process and walk the path of life like a true master, you get to a point where you fall SO in love with the whole journey side of things that (and this is the tattoo), for every mile you take toward your destination, you actually hope that your destination gets TWO miles further away.

Think about that for a moment.

You’re so in love with who you are and what you’re doing that you don’t want to rush right up to your destination. You want to savor every moment.

Again. For every mile you walk toward your destination you HOPE (!!) that your destination gets two miles further away.

That’s epic. And THAT’s the Master’s attitude.

Let’s let the Master himself, George Leonard, describe it in his own words. Here’s how he puts it: “A practice (as a noun) can be anything you practice on a regular basis as an integral part of your life—not in order to gain something else, but for its own sake… For a master, the rewards gained along the way are fine, but they are not the main reason for the journey. Ultimately, the master and the master’s path are one. And if the traveler is fortunate—that is, if the path is complex and profound enough—the destination is two miles farther away for every mile he or she travels.”

I repeat: “If the traveler is fortunate—that is, if the path is complex and profound enough—the destination is two miles farther away for every mile he or she travels.”

Today’s +1. What’s YOUR path?

May we all be so fortunate to have such a complex and profound path that our destination is two miles farther away for every mile we travel.

See ya on the trails, Master! 🤠

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