The Pace of Progress, Archery and Winning

How Fast Can I Learn?

A martial arts student went to a teacher and declared he wanted to learn the system, he was devoted and ready. How long would it take? The teacher replied: “Ten years.”

The student, a bit impatient and not satisfied with the answer went ahead and said: But I want to master it faster than that, I will work every hard, practice 10 or more hours a day if necessary. How long would it THEN take? The teacher replied: “Twenty years.”

A Master of archery is observing students at practice and notices one of them who is consistently missing the mark. The Master says: “It is his desire to win that drains him of power.”

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