As the old cliche goes, there are those who talk-the-talk and those who walk-the-walk. While I’m sure that many of us would prefer to identify with the latter group, just as many people have taken a long and slow step backwards into the talk-the-talk camp.
The fact is, for a number of us, we’ve come to find that the things we used to be good at, the things we enjoyed excelling in, the things that made our everyday lives significant, have taken a backseat. Despite this, we try to keep on living life as if we were still that same interesting, creative, and fulfilled person despite not interacting with these forms of self-improvement and growth anymore. In essence, we’ve stopped walking-the-walk but are still talking-the-talk by lying to ourselves and sometimes others about who we are and what we do.
By acting like someone who deserves respect, attention, influence, and other positive qualities, others will begin to perceive you as deserving of these attractive values.
Robert Greene puts forward this notion succinctly as one of his 48 laws for gaining and maintaining power.
“The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself, and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.”
Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
Taking on Life’s Apprenticeship means dedicating and focussing your time and efforts into one area of which you aim to become a master.
Recently I’ve been enjoying the works of Robert Greene, particularly The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery. In Mastery, Greene talks about having a Life’s Apprenticeship.
A Life’s Apprenticeship is a way of thinking about how you become a master in any given activity and/or field in which you value your own learning and development over life’s distractions. By identifying your path of passion, often by looking that what has stimulated you from a young age, you can begin to take action and create goals which will see you rising to become the very best version of yourself.
By identifying your path of passion, often by looking that what has stimulated you from a young age, you can begin to take action and create goals which will see you rising to become the very best version of yourself.