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#WeStayLearning Issue #008 - Mastery

#WeStayLearning Issue #008 - Mastery
In the last nine months, I have spent about 15 minutes with my orthodontist every four weeks or so. I pay  £99 each time I see him. That’s right, 15 minute-dental visits at  £99. At first, I was like, ‘what are we doing here that I am paying this much for a 15 minutes visit?’ But then, after the third month, I started to enjoy it. I realized two things:
  1. Every month I went back, we could see the improvement in my teeth. These short visits are very effective. He’d sometimes change the wire, or loosen or tighten the bracket, or give me an elastic or whatever; and nine months in, I am two to three visits away from removing the braces entirely.
  2. These visits save me time, and time is money. The clinic is a seven minutes walk from my apartment, so I can literally go and come back in 30 minutes and resume my work as nothing happened.
And so, after all, is said and done,  if I were to revisit this entire process, I think I would still pick this clinic. I’d still choose this doctor, and if need be, I wouldn’t even mind paying more. 
This is because my dentist has mastered his craft. I trust that he knows what he is doing, and he has never made me think otherwise. In short, he is very efficient. Which is one of the reasons these visits are so short in the first place. There would be much fumbling if he were not, and I’d most probably get irritated or injured and leave. His ability to do things well and within a short time has made him an asset to his other patients and me. 
Efficiency is defined as the peak level of performance that uses the least amount of inputs to achieve the highest amount of output or achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. 
 As I walked back from my appointment today, I thought of how practice becomes mastery and mastery results in efficiency. In other words, the more you do something, the better you get at it, and if you do well at it for an extended period, you become the best. It’s like building muscle or forming a habit. So, for example, when you’re a child and learning how to brush your teeth, your steps are clumsy, and you eat most of the toothpaste and pour water everywhere. But as you get older and brush your teeth more, you get better at it, until you can do it half asleep. 
I do Karate (not as frequently as I used it to), but still, I marvel at how much I’ve learned and how easier training is every other day. But, of course, this can only be because of practice, and with time, practice comes mastery. 
In the same vein, in my last 1:1 with my teammates, I told them that they needed to give themselves time to “build the muscle.” We talked about how it takes them a minimum of 1 day to go through our analytics dashboards (Amplitude and AppsFlyer) to analyze and document their insights on user acquisition and behaviour. In contrast, I can do the same thing in max. 2 hours. The only difference is practice. I have done it repeatedly for different products, that I am now very efficient, and I can save time and energy doing growth work. Also, I can even charge more.  
My orthodontist and I are not too different in how efficient we have become in spending less time and doing great work.
So my question for you today is: What are you building mastery on today? How many hours are you putting into practice?
Whatever work you put in today builds the muscle that will help you become more efficient tomorrow. And with efficiency comes more trust, more time saved, and of course, more money.  
My orthodontist properly makes at least £300 per hour because he can easily fit three appointments of 15 minutes in one hour. Damn bruh! That’s crazy.


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