Becoming a Master & 10

10 Master - splitting the 1 and 0

Continuous Improvement of a Master

One of the roles I have within the organisation is that of Coach.  As a coach you also have a Coach, and it was within my latest session that I articulated the following concept:

“10 – you never become a 10, as 10 is 1 and 0, so you return to the beginning 1 as the 0 is nothing, so you missed something.”

Some context, as a coach or development specialists you will often ask your client to rate their experience, knowledge, current level of performance, etc. using a scale.  The rating scale of 1-10 is common place in language and descriptions in certain cultures.  1 is considered low and 10 perfect/high.

Now, if you combine this with the learning cycle one goes through, plus the 10,000 hour rule or 20 hours to learn anything some interesting observations come to mind.

Firstly, the learning cycle – when we learn we go through the unconscious incompetence – conscious incompetence – conscious competence – unconscious competence cycle or I don’t know I don’t know – I know I don’t know – I know I know & I don’t know I knew it.

This cycle one can complete in 20 hours, but to truly become the master of an art the next level, you have to repeat the cycle by going back and completing the same process with every little building block of the original – you have to unlearn some of the processes you previously learnt and relink them as they are improved.

If we use the scale – 1 is I don’t know that I don’t know….. 3-5 … Okay, I realise I did not know what I don’t know…. 6-7… I Know that I know now… 8-9 … I forgot I know how I know and I just do it, same process, same results… but I need to improve as the world has changed and I have changed?

And you are back at 10….I realise that I don’t know I know and I now have to unlearn what I know, so I am again at 1… 0 reminds me I am becoming a Master, I am humble, I do it effortlessly, naturally without fail and it is now Art.

Here is an exercise:

Take any skill/sport item of your life, give it a rating – where are you?

How can you move it through the cycle?

Are you a Master?  Is every result better than the last or did you learn from the last to continue to improve?

Just a thought….but what are your thoughts, please share?

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