5 Traits of Personal Mastery (2 of 2)


We are talking about personal mastery and what the best in the world do to achieve their extraordinary levels of success.

If you missed the first post with traits ONE and TWO go here: Part 1

They are super particular about how they spend their time.

Because they are so passionate about what they do and their pursuit for excellence, they guard their time and attention to anything else vigorously. You too should have such vigilance.

Learn more in The Overachiever vs. Superachiever series: Installment #1, #2, #3, #4

Those who end up achieving a level of personal mastery are willing to fail fast, fail often and continue to persevere.

This is an interesting attribute and one you might find difficult to get your emotional arms around. It seems that those who achieve mastery, which is really the opposite of failure, would be failure-averse, but it is quite the opposite.

In fact, many of these great masters thrive on failure. Since they are obsessed with improvement they know they can only experience growth through failure. They want

to continually find their boundaries. That is how they understand their capabilities and find ways of breaking through.

Success is actually not that satisfying or exhilarating to them; it is the

failure, thus the opportunity to tweak, iterate, improve and therefore get to the next level, which is thrilling to them.

Look at all those you admire; Branson, Trump, even Jobs has produced some duds. Google is constantly putting things out into the marketplace that flop. It’s how they find their winners and how they improve with great speed on those ideas they care about.

How about you? How much failure are you pushing yourself toward every day?

Obtaining mastery can only be achieved through a perpetual gantlet of failures. Do as Thomas Watson of IBM said: “If you want to speed up your success, double your rate of failure.” Start today.

Learn more in the Knocked on Your Tush series: Installment #1, #2, #3, #4

Those who achieve a level of world-class excellence

do it by having a world-class support team.

These are world-class advisors, consultants, coaches, mentors and other high-achieving peers. No Olympic champion, superstar athlete, market-disruptive game-changing CEO, or rock star entertainer ever gets to the top of their game without building a rock star support team.

Let me put it simply: The best in the world, if they are truly the best in the world, have all gotten there because they have the best-in-the-world coaches, mentors and advisors.

What level of achievement do you want to reach?
Do you want to be average?
You can do that on your own, no support team needed.

Do you want to be good? You will need a good support team.
Do you want to be great? You will need a great team.

Do you want to be excellent, world-class and become the best in your industry?
You will need an excellent, world-class and the best-of-breed support team to get you there.
I can’t put it any more plainly than that.

Does all this sound difficult? It is.
Why do you think so few people ever reach a level of mastery?
Why do you think it is so difficult to find a person, company, brand, product, service or organization that operates at a level of excellence?
It’s because it’s hard. But if you are willing to work hard, there’s very little competition.

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of the great masters in history, Michelangelo. He said, “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

Mastery is not talent, chance or luck: it’s hard work, but it’s worth it, because mastery is magnificent!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on your plans for achieving mastery in your industry. Share your comments below. Like and share the article with others.




24 responses to “5 Traits of Personal Mastery (2 of 2)”

  1. […] Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine, says there are Five Traits of Mastery: • Being a consummate learner • Having a ‘Red Hot Why’ – a reason that really drives you and your energy • Tenaciously particular about how their time is spent • Willingness to do, fail fast, fail often and preserver • Best in the world support team: including coaches, mentors, and peers. […]

  2. #3 especially. People often say, “You are what you eat.” You can also say that how you spend your time shows who you are.

  3. Darren. it is just awesome to.see.your genuineness to help people. thanks for.an excellent article. just felt like I got a nitro boost in my mental Ferrari to go out and excel and be the best!! life is awesome!

  4. Darren, Darren, Darren!

    Great timing for me as I just today was told that I failed at something I had
    thought was great! Thanks for keeping me sane!

    You are great!

  5. Hi Darren. I took an online class in law and legislation. I failed it, but I did not give up hope. I stood back. Took a deep breath…closed my eyes and reached for your book Design Your Best Year Ever. I do this with my Bible when I think I am overwhelm and unsure. The book opened to Step 6 “The Magic Factor”. I then went through my notes and said to myself, what would Darren do? So I went back online, took the test again and aced it. God bless you.

  6. Hi Darren,

    Great posts I really enjoy reading your blog posts & Success Magazine, I read the compound effect of two years ago and as Jim Rohn would say I have changed my philosophy, “small things done on a consistent basis produce extraordinary results”. I have have been on a 5 degree incline since April 2010 when my wife and I had to liquidate our business, it has been challenging working through the process however I have kept positive by filling my mind with the words of my excellent support team, John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, the success symposium audio and the monthly material from the success CD’s.

    Keep up the great work and words of inspiration

  7. The best improvement into my personal mastery has been adding a coach that congratulates my failures. My coach has made them, you have made them (I’m sure) and as my favorite past boss told me. I make 100 decisions a day, only because the first 50 were wrong. Thanks for the blogs.

  8. Bravo! I like this post, Darren. I like it very much.
    May I suggest that you add ‘courage’ and ‘reminder’ as keyword tags to it, because it takes great courage and constant reminders to accept failures as necessary building blocks to mastery.
    Of course, I speak from personal experience.

  9. It’s always refreshing to read from you, it breathe hope to my life. Thanks for the great article.

  10. Oh Darren, I feel like I have become the master of pushing my limits, failing, re-evaluating the process, and moving forward. No matter how many times I fail, by the time I finally reach my inttended goal, or something better, it is going to change the world!

  11. Great thoughts on achieving mastery, and all are excellent, but the one that grabbed me by the collar as I was closing the post was failure! I have truly shielded myself from the opportunities that could produce failure. Living in fear of failure is not living. Your quote on commitment by Denis Waitley was so timely and powerful in the context of your post. Thanks-

  12. Thanks for putting it straight out front DH!! Mastery comes from a daily commitment to mastery!! Two years ago I made myself the promise that on a daily basis I would read, think, workout, and write for an hour each day!! Doing that has changed everything for me! It has shown me that we are all the same biologically and it is only those who commit to expand academically that get to feel the spoils of real and unshakable success!!

    Thanks for your time and have a magical day!!

  13. I’d love to hear your thoughts on your plans for achieving mastery in your industry.

    Darren, my wife and I started our site construction business 29 years ago out of the basement of our small brick rancher with a 1 year old daughter and 4 year old son. I resigned from my salaried job in 1983 as a vice-president of another construction company at 24 years old and walked away from a steady paycheck to realize our dream. Fast forwarding we’ve reached a $1 billion dollars in revenues over the 29 years and were ranked the #1 best place to work in PA for large companies by former Gov Tom Ridge. I can sum up our success in 1 word- EXCELLENCE.

    Our plans for achieving mastery in our industry are as follows:
    1) Attract and investment to continually upskill our team to world class. When we care for our team, they in turn care for the business and customer.
    2) World class systems and processes. We are the first of our kind in the construction industry to create a world class process so people can plug into succeed and grow. We want to always be process dependent not people dependent. This will set the foundation for future generations to succeed in our business as well.
    3) Create customers for life through pro-active solutions, world class service and doing what we said we would do.
    4) Continue to upskill myself, lead by being a role model, and surround myself with people that are better than me.
    5) Let competency, integrity, and hard work lead the way.
    6) While I’m doing all this, maintain world class health and family relationships. I’m blessed with an amazing wife of 25 years to to work in our family business with our 2 children who work hard and are role models as well.

    Excellent blog Darren.