As we mentioned last week, we’re trying to refocus our efforts here at Westervin, and we hope to make things a bit more interesting for everyone who bothers to read. In short, we’re going to be doing more stuff. Now, “more stuff” is always pretty exciting, but it can also be kind of hard. We’ll be trying to make this “stuff” ourselves and hopefully get better at it. One of our problems is we both tend to give up a bit too quickly, but this time we’re hoping to push through it.
I think that by using the “30 Steps to Mastery” published on Ben Casnoha’s site as a kind of guiding principle or mantra, we just might be able to stay on track:
2. Keep going.
3. You think you’re starting to get the hang of it.
4. You see someone else’s work and feel undeniable misery.
5. Keep going.
6. Keep going.
7. You feel like maybe, possibly, you kinda got it now.
8. You don’t.
9. Keep going.
10. You ask for someone else’s opinion–their response is standoffish, though polite.
12. Keep going.
13. Keep going.
14. You ask someone else’s opinion–their response is favorable.
15. They have no idea what they’re talking about.
16. Keep going.
17. You feel semi-kinda favorable and maybe even a little proud of what you can do now.
18. Self-loathing chastisement.
20. Keep going.
21. You ask someone else’s opinion–they respond quite favorably.
22. They’re still wrong.
24. Keep going though you can’t possibly imagine why.
25. Become restless.
26. Receive some measure of praise from a trustworthy opinion.
27. They’re still fucking wrong (Right?)
28. Keep going just because there’s nothing else to do.
29. Mastery arrives, you mistake it for a gust of wind.
30. Keep. Fucking. Going.