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<title>Mastering entrepreneurship? </title>
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After reading <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0743277465">The Art of Learning</a>, I was thinking of mastery : committing yourself to years of achieving mastery of one single thing.
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My first thought was computer programming, but that didn't feel fulfilling enough. I enjoy it, but only as a means to a different goal.
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Then I realized <strong>the thing I could really commit myself to a lifetime pursuit of mastery is entrepreneurship</strong>. It satisfies me on every level - much more for personal and altruistic reasons than financial.
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But - <strong>what the hell is mastery of entrepreneurship?</strong> Starting one successful company? Ten? Or is it something else entirely? There's no championship, no finish line, especially since happiness is a crucial barometer.
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And if entrepreneurship is about creating a new company, then focusing on that means starting a company, getting it to proof of success, but not getting involved with ongoing management, since management is a different skill. The focused entrepreneur should then start a new company.
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The Art of Learning talks a lot about mastering the simple skills one at a time (“<a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=aAYcmC-_sM8C&amp;pg=PA115&amp;lpg=PA115&amp;dq=making.smaller.circles&amp;source=web&amp;ots=3KpWzxbB13&amp;sig=OgvGGSac8lvFH4XCnAN_cGyi5D8&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=book_result&amp;resnum=1&amp;ct=result">making smaller circles</a>”).
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In his chess examples, he would spend weeks competing with his teacher with only 2 pieces on the board, to thoroughly understand strategy with just those 2 pieces.
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In his Tai Chi examples, he would spend hours a day for days or weeks on end, just doing one simple arm extension.
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But <strong>what are the building block ingredients to entrepreneurship?</strong> Coming up with ideas? Turning rough ideas into a specific written plan? Turning plans into a working system and specific goals? Working with people to ensure those goals are met?
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Sorry I'm all questions and no answers today, but I'm really curious to hear your thoughts. Please leave any thoughts in the comment box, below. Thanks!
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<img src="http://sivers.org/images/art-of-learning.jpg" width="225" height="320" alt="Art of Learning" />
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