Master Your Domain

Being good isn’t enough anymore. Great is a high standard, but an even higher standard would be to become a true expert in your field—a master. It’s about being better than you already are and achieving extraordinary results.

There’s no scientific information to support my estimation, but I believe less than 5 percent of people live and work in mastery. What are the characteristics of those 5-percenters?

They are big-picture thinkers who look outside the box. They consistently ask themselves if there is a better or faster way to accomplish the same result. Once they’ve reached a goal, they ask what’s next. They take the initiative. They’re resilient. They are self-motivated and believe they can do what hasn’t been done before. They are results-driven and willing to work harder and smarter than others. They nurture relationships. They accept nothing short of excellence and are focused on continuous improvement because they won’t settle for less than their best.

Look at your business, and your habits. Examine them. Are there any things that are preventing you from achieving mastery?

Strive for a higher level of success, and make mastery a goal.


Tony Jeary is an author, executive coach and presentation strategist. Jeary has published more than three dozen books about making presentations and strategic effectiveness. He coaches the world's top executives from companies such as Wal-Mart, Ford, New York Life and Texaco.

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