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The Path to Mastery
Jacques Derrida once wrote, “If things were simple, word would have gotten around.” There are many reasons why gains in performance remain elusive, despite the good intentions of very smart people. One of the reasons is that our culture seeks out simple answers, sound bites, steps, tips, and techniques. This desire is illustrated when someone asks in a training session, “How can I use this tomorrow?”
To push this illustration to the point of absurdity: imagine if medical students asked that question, especially those seeking a complex specialty like neurosurgery. “So we’ve spent an hour learning about the blood supply to the brain and spine. How can we use this on patients starting tomorrow?”
Disciplines require significant ...

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