“You must understand the following: In order to master a field,you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious”.
An interesting thought from Robert Greene on the topic of Mastery.
It makes me wonder how many people treat their careers this seriously – not too many I’d wager. When you consider that 80 percent of the business is written by 20 percent of the salespeople, I’d have some justification for saying that only 1 in 5 people are as interested in their careers as Robert Greene suggests they should be.
Greene is suggesting that we first learn our field. This is the INTEREST part of the quote. We should be so interested in our chosen career that we learn as much about it as we can. The more we learn, the more we realise that there is more to learn. The more we learn about it the more profound the connection we develop to our chosen field.
In other words, we become PASSIONATE about it. When it comes to selling any product, service or concept, passion persuades.
Being passionate implies that you know enough about your chosen field to become passionate about it. Passion without knowledge is faux passion – fake.
Learning comes first.