– Sarah Lewis in The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (via) More Advice to Writers >>>
Mastery requires endurance.
Mastery, a word we don’t use often, is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognate — perfectionism — an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us.
Mastery is also not the same as success — an event-based victory based on a peak point, a punctuated moment in time.
Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved-line, constant pursuit.