I had zero athletic success as a child (my little league nickname was “Useless”). My lack of early success makes it easy to impress myself with anything I enjoy enough to do daily. Something I can work at every day.
I use expert instruction from strangers to speed my learning process. Strangers are important — watch high-achieving spouses “teach” each other. When we notice our kids aren’t open to learning from us – we bring in outsiders. Once they get the hang of it (whatever “it” happens to be) they are keen to show us their competency.
Stay close to nature — I am trained in the desk-bound pursuits of finance, banking, taxation and corporate law. They pay well, and were a ton of fun for the first decade. However, they don’t feed my soul. What feeds your soul? Beware of craving high-doses!
Connect with others — opportunities at both ends of the age spectrum await. From teaching children to learning from aging experts.
Excessive “anything” leaves me in a short-term state of tranquil exhaustion.
Exhaustion plays havoc with my home life because a fatigue hangover leaves me intolerant and prone to depression.
If this sounds familiar then pay attention.
Being better than myself is superior to seeking to better others.
Mastery – a different sort of game.