On many occasions, I come across a young man or woman who wants to learn a subject or master something. More often than not, they are looking for a shortcut, or at least a straight cut (e.g., a single book, lectures or resource) that can take them to the level of mastery. This raises a question in my mind: why are they looking for easy solutions? Do we all not know that a certain amount of time is required to master a skill? For example, In the best-selling book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery in a field.
Why do we want the easier route? Because our priorities are misaligned with what we say. I once read somewhere that no one is busy; it is all about priorities.
We can conclude that we vote for our priorities with our time. If we are not spending the right amount of time on something, that is not in our priorities. Mastery comes with a hefty price tag and we have to pay for it with the right currency.