The art historian Gustav Friedrich Waagen on how to teach so people learn:
“First delight, then instruct.”
Source: On the Purpose of the Berlin Gallery
Aikido instructor George Leonard on mastery:
”How long will it take me to master Aikido?” a prospective student asks.
“How long do you expect to live?” is the only respectable response.
Ultimately, practice is the path of mastery. If you stay on it long enough, you’ll find it to be a vivid place, with its ups and downs, is challenges and comforts, its surprises, disappointments, and unconditional joys. You’ll take your share of bumps and bruises while traveling – bruises of the ego as well as of the body, mind and spirit – but it might well turn out to be the most reliable thing in your life. Then, too, it might eventually make you a winner in your chosen field, if that’s what you’re looking for, and then people will refer to you as a master. But that’s not really the point.
What is mastery? At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path.”
Did you know…
… that today is the Birthday of Rick Astley (1966)? Astley is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and radio personality. His 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a No. 1 hit single in 25 countries. Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when his video “Never Gonna Give You Up” became integral to the meme known as “rickrolling.” Happy birthday, Rick!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”
— Paul Coelho