“The starting point of moving to mastery is to raise the expectations you set for yourself. Just make the commitment to be the first, the most, the only, and the absolute best. Expect more from yourself than anyone around you could ever expect from you. Play in the big leagues, Blake! Just fly up into the thin space of rare air. Most people set such low standards for themselves. They aim so low - and then, sadly, reach that goal And so you’ll find that you don’t have a lot of company out on the extra mile.”
“Are you actually suggesting that it’s easier to work at mastery than at ordinary, Anna?” I wondered aloud.
“That’s a great way to language it, Blake. And yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. There’s a lot less competition on the extra mile because so few people even believe they can play there - many fewer commit to spending their careers there. And so, as you say, it actually becomes easier to be there.”