Hugh McLeod is making an important point in his blog post On Mastery. He argues that truly successful people do not become successful by chance. They achieve success by becoming masters of their trade. Hugh McLeod concludes that mastery is nothing glamorous but rather stems from repetitive practice and continuous improvement until perfection.
We commonly think of success as getting promoted to the next rung of the corporate career ladder or becoming a media star. This “conventional” success depends a lot on luck and the goodwill of other people – external factors outside of our control.
Success based on mastery as described by Hugh McLeod, however, does not depend on luck nor people’s admiration. Less dependent on external influence, striving for mastery is a more reliable way to happiness than succumbing to the popular measures of success.