In his article about becoming amazingly great at something, Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.com shares that if you want to become a master at something you have to take action. Action X time = getting good. He continues, “Some estimate that it takes 10,000 hours to master something, but I think it varies from person to person and depends on the skill and other factors.” I would have to agree, but the bottom line is to decide what it is you want to master and get started learning the skill and doing the skill.

I have come up with five reasons why you should start down the path to mastery and consider and online masters degree program. While it is likely that not all will appeal to you, I hope that one does and the world finds another person matched with their true passion and is a better place for it.

One: There is only so much time in the day, in the week, in the month and in the year. What will you do with that time? Well, whatever it is you will experience opportunity costs. In other words, you will have to sacrifice spending your time on one thing so that you can pursue another. While some see this as a sacrifice, it can also be extremely rewarding if you find what you love. I have always operated on this premise that if I do what I love I will do it with more passion than others and most likely be able to do it better as well. If the world was filled with people that found their true passion and pursued it until they became a master at it, wow!

Two: I have always admired my mother for consistency she has shown over time. In the course of doing something consistently you grow in ways that sporadic application can in no way replace. It is powerful to realize that the skill you have is greater than the sum of the days invested. Consistency towards an end builds us like nothing else can. This is true in exercise and it is true in matters of the mind. Knowledge starts to build on other knowledge to create new areas of awareness and understanding. Mastering something provides this unique growing opportunity.

Three: I once had a friend that used to say that his purpose was just to learn something new every day. It is this attitude, one of continual learning , that marks the character of the great inventors, philosophers and teachers. Opening your eyes to see the world around you and seeking to understand it is more than rewarding, it is the way that mankind progresses. Think about it. If we resigned ourselves to not going any further than those before us had gone, to stay put as it were, we would soon find ourselves moving backwards because of the lack of understanding of even our present situation.

In short, there are many reasons why choosing to master a skill today is important and beneficial, but juts take these three in mind and hopefully it will inspire you sign up for an online masters degree program, or at least pick up something new or that you had started an have since stopped: Give yourself to the career you are passionate about, work daily at improving and learn something new every day.

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