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Mastery is a Life-Long Practice

Six months ago, I left the (relative) safety of the corporate world to try and make it as a solo-preneur.

At least once each week I catch myself telling a story about how I’m “not getting it fast enough” or how I should be “farther along.”

Today I visited a glass blowing factory in #Murano Italy.

The men were all in their 30s and 40’s.

I asked Francesco (our guide) how long it takes to master their craft.

“Oh signora, a lifetime” he responded without hesitation.

“Some of these men spend their whole life as assistants…they hold only the tongs but never are allowed to blow the glass.”

He went to explain they begin their journey as early as 11 years old.

They were taught by their fathers and hope, someday, to pass their trade down to their sons.

I left Murano with two profound insights:

  1. Mastery does not happen overnight and…
  2. Even a lifetime of effort does not mean you are entitled to ‘blow the glass.’

Make sure you enjoy the journey!

Breaking the Cycle of Email Follow Ups

It happened this morning. I realized my second follow-up email had been ignored.

Maybe it was the third. My mind searched for an explanation.

“They said they would but never really intended to.”

“I thought the meeting went well but must have gotten it wrong.”

“People are such jerks!”

We ALL experience this and…

– Let it go

– Think “better luck next time.”

– Blame ourselves for screwing something up (yet again).

In truth, the flow of email is endless…it never stops.

Email consumes more time than we are willing to admit.

We are overwhelmed with commitments, requests, and to-do’s. Maybe it’s not that our request/action wasn’t important to the other person.

Perhaps they are trying to keep their head above water.

Here’s something you can try: The next time your follow-up email goes unanswered, pick up the phone and call the person (or send them a text).

Don’t be surprised if Fear tries to tell a story about you being a pest or ‘pushy.’

Ignore Fear and tell the story about saving them from having to categorize and read yet another email.

Pretty cool right? (a win/win if you ask me.)

Does email consume you at times?

Has an important email slipped through the cracks despite your best intentions?

Would love to hear YOUR comments below.