Malcolm Gladwell said that it takes about 10,000 hours of practise to achieve mastery in something. Mastery is not just excellence, however, but the ability to innovate and create. It’s the moment when theoretical and technical knowledge is carried out with seamless finesse in a way that reflects and matches the needs of the moment. It’s not the rigid and mechanical repetition of flawless sameness; it’s the thoughtful application of relevant elements to a situation or problem.

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