What Is Mastery?

A real master is first a master of themselves, and only second a master of a certain skill or art. Committing to mastery means to never arrive at something, but to strive to develop and master your field every single day.

“No man is free who is not master of himself.”


“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”

Thomas Mann

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. Mastery demands all of a person.”

Albert Einstein

“All of your formal education would be irrelevant if at the same time you did not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Benjamin Franklin

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”


“Mastery passes often for egotism.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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