“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.”
Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, abbreviated L. P. Jacks (what a great nick name, and how about that mustache!) was an English educator, philosopher, and Unitarian minister who rose to prominence in the period from World War I to World War II.
As a student of success, I have heard a lot of definitions and opinions as to what success is and how to measure it. This short passage is so very profound on so many levels.
A few observations: The art of living: Yes, to the master “living” is an art- something to be expressed and developed, as opposed to executed or followed. No distinction: between work / play — labor / leisure — mind / body — and education / recreation. If that doesn’t cover it perfectly, I don’t know what will. What an amazing ambition to pursue! His vision of excellence: Who’s vision? His!… Of what? Excellence!… Exactly. Leaves others to wonder, but knows himself: Absolutely! Others can wonder, but we who strive for this art will know what we are doing. We will be true to ourselves… and we will do it well.
Mastery is the highest form of intelligence. The average person uses 5% of their brain capacity. Olympic athletes use 20%. You can access 40% of your brain capacity. We want more of you! Your vision, your story, the expression of you! We want the best you!
If we follow you will you, will you be happy with where you take us?