Mastery Quadrant

Why do some people seem to be so much better than others, even while they started from the same place? Why does it seem effortless for some people to pick up new skills, while others struggle? Does it sometimes feel like certain people are on an expressway to success, while you are caught in rush-hour traffic? Why do some people succeed with little effort, while others struggle despite putting in significantly more effort?

The answer lies, in the amount of time spent in the Mastery Quadrant.

The Mastery Quadrant – the critical ingredient to achieving Mastery

The Mastery Quadrant defines a set of 4 crucial activities (quadrants) that will enable you to gain mastery in virtually any field or accomplish anything that you wish to do. The Mastery Quadrant lays down a set of practices, that when done in the right manner and with the required level of intensity, ensures you can excel in whatever your field of endeavour. 

This is not a get-rich-quick scheme or a process that promises quick & easy results with little effort on your part. Instead, the Mastery Quadrant is a blueprint that clearly lays down the path that you need to take, if you truly wish to become a master of your field. And it works — flawlessly and every time!

True masters spend a significant amount of time in the Mastery Quadrant, prior to the commencement of any endeavor or activity. Furthermore, true masters comprehend the value of the time spent in the Quadrant, and will keep coming back to spend additional time to further polish their skills. This compares with the vast majority of people, who prefer to rush forward onto ‘action’ and spend little time (both prior and during their activities) in the Mastery Quadrant.

This difference in the amount of time spent in the Mastery Quadrant (or time spent gaining Mastery or expertise), is what leads to a dramatic difference in the efficiency or productivity of some people versus the others. This also explains why some people appear to succeed effortlessly, while others continue to struggle despite significant effort put in.

What makes the Mastery Quadrant so Effective?

  • It examines and explains the wheel, instead of trying to reinvent it: There is virtually nothing new or any path-breaking idea that the methodology reveals. Instead, the methodology is based on tried, tested and proven success practices that have stood the test of time. 
  • Learn how to be a master, by studying the masters: What are the common factors and practices that have been employed by the very best in their fields? What are the common elements between the top sportsmen, navy seals, leading politicians, creative legends and our most successful entrepreneurs? If you study anyone that has ever gained true mastery, you will see how each and every one of them has spent time in the Mastery Quadrant in their path to greatness. 
  • It is simple: The Methodology is easy to learn and adopt by anyone regardless of their age, education or qualifications. The Mastery Quadrant simplifies what appear to be complicated tasks, making it easier for you to attain what initially appears to be unrealistic goals. 
  • A holistic view of self-development: as compared to the fragmented approach towards learning skills that is typically taught, that often leads to failure due to deficiencies in an area that was overlooked.

What is the Mastery Quadrant?

The Mastery Quadrant can be best understood with the help of the diagram below. Time spent in the Quadrant on the left, helps improve your efficiency & productivity of doing something (or makes you an expert/master), while time spent on the right get’s things done. To succeed you need to have a good balance of the two.

Mastery Quadrant #1 – MINDSET

The right mindset is absolutely fundamental to success. The right mindset includes having great clarity of

  • What you want to do?
  • Why you want to do it?
  • How much time, money and energy are you willing to put in?
  • The attitude you bring to the game and how you plan to sustain that attititude?

Learn more about how to develop the right mindset at Mastery Quadrant #1 – MINDSET.

Mastery Quadrant #2 – DECONSTRUCTION

Deconstruction of a larger task into a series of smaller steps helps simplify the process, gives you clarity of direction and makes it much easier to learn something new. All professionals use the power of deconstruction to learn and improve their skills, while amateurs struggle trying to learn everything together at one go.

Learn more about how deconstruction makes it easier to learn anything new at Mastery Quadrant #2 – DECONSTRUCT.

Mastery Quadrant #3 – LEARNING

How well you do something, is directly related to the quality of your education. People who are committed to mastery seek out the best in the field to be their teachers, while most others settle for the closest / cheapest / easiest option.

If you truly desire success, you need to have clear answers to the following questions:

  • How do you plan to learn – blogs, youtube videos, books, online courses, formal degree?
  • How much time / energy / money are you willing to invest?
  • Who do you want to be your guru?

Improving the quality and source of your learning has a direct impact on how well you learn. Understand this better at Mastery Quadrant #3 – LEARNING.

Mastery Quadrant #4 – PRACTISE / PLAY

Anytime you learn something new, there is a very high chance that you will be unsuccessful in your initial attempts. After all, you are still a novice and are in the initial learning stages.

What makes people fail miserably, is that they try to ‘learn on the job’. The moment there is anything real to lose, the impact of the inevitable failure its too high. This leads to people playing it safe / realizing they are no good / stopping short on the learning process / giving up on their new skill – virtually guaranteeing a life of mediocricity.

Professionals on the other hand, expect to fail in their initial attempts. They accordingly make all initial attempts when no one is watching and when failure has no consequence. The same initial failures have no impact on their ego, allowing them to keep practicing and perfecting their skills until they are ready to demonstrate their mastery to the world.

Everybody fails! Professionals just don’t fail publicly! Learn more at Mastery Quadrant #4 – PRACTISE / PLAY.

How much time should be spent in the Mastery Quadrant?

To be successful in any endeavor, you need to balance your time between these two critical activities

  • Too much time spent in the Mastery Quadrant with too little time spent in actual action, will make you very good while achieving practically nothing
  • Too little time spent in the Mastery Quadrant with too much time spent on action, will lead you to being inefficient in your pursuits, leading to great deals of effort for little results
  • The right mix of time spent in the Mastery Quadrant an Action, is what makes you a true Master. Someone who can accomplish great things in life, while putting in a lot less effort than others.