"If you have real passion for a career in game shows, be willing to serve an apprenticeship; it's the best way to learn." - Randy West
Not a single successful person ever got to where they are today without years of apprenticeship and a learning curve. However, people fail to realize that apprenticeship is important, and they end up living a life of mediocrity. Many people have tried to argue that you can become successful without proper apprenticeship or only people with natural talent are supposed to become successful. This has been proven time after time that it's not people with natural talent that succeed; it's the people that go through relentless apprenticeship who became successful. Thus, it is important to understand that it is fatal to believe you can become successful without pure apprenticeship.
There are many forms of apprenticeship, including learning from mentors that are experts in their field, learning from trial and error, learning from your failures and by combining "how" and "what." Many people learn differently and from different sources. So first you have to figure out what sources are available to you that you can learn from and how you learn the best. The main reason why our modern school system is failing is because they teach every student in an identical manner. It's been proven that everybody learns by their own unique way, so you have to find your uniqueness that you can learn from.
Consider the legendary and successful people of history and present such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Graham, Michael Jordan, Benjamin Franklin and Bill Gates. They all went through different kinds of apprenticeship, but every single one of them was an apprentice once. This prepared them to reach the level of mastery and acquire massive amounts of wealth. So at this point, if you are not convinced that apprenticeship is a necessary part in success, then you might want to stop reading from here.
"The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve." - Samuel Smiles
The first kind of apprenticeship is apprenticing under an expert who has reached the level of mastery that you want to achieve and has experience of more than ten years. This is the easiest and fastest kind of apprenticeship. This is because you get to learn the skills and inside secrets that took masters years and decades to learn. If you ever get stuck in a critical problem, your mentors can help you out and keep you going. Also, it is always best to learn from someone who has personal experience rather than learning from a professor who just has textbook knowledge. So if you ever find a mentor who has lots of personal experience and who is where you want to be, then don't let them go and think of yourself as a lucky person because very few people get to directly learn from experts and masters.
The second type of apprenticeship is through trial and error. This is a rather long and sometimes very tedious process. But many people, such as Paul Graham, only learn this way. Paul Graham could never learn from professors and classes; he only learned computer programming by trial and error and became a master at computer programming. So what is "trial and error?" "Trial and Error" is coming up with creative ways to do a certain task and keep trying new techniques until some of them work. This technique might sound silly, but there are people who only learn this way such as Paul Graham and Bill Gates.
Another type of apprenticeship is learning through pure failures. This type might sound like the "trial and error" method in action, but they are completely different. Learning from failures is sticking through a single plan and when that plan fails, you learn from it and move on to another plan and keep the process going until one of the plans succeeds. This type of apprenticeship was practiced by Henry Ford. Before Henry Ford came out with "Model T," he created three different kinds of cars that didn't succeed, but taught him what he has to do in his next car. After several failures, he finally created the "Model T," which became an instant hit and was put on the assembly line to be mass produced.
When you become an apprentice, you will certainly go through three phases of apprenticeship: The Passive Mode, The Practice Mode and The Active Mode. Passive Mode is when you enter a new career and observe and absorb as much knowledge as you can. In this mode, you don't try to impress people or grab attention. You observe and learn every rule so you can break them when you become a master yourself. Practice Mode is when you acquire new skills that were unknown to you before. This mode can take the longest and is most drudging because you are learning new skills that your brain has to adapt to. The average master has spent more than 10,000 hours in Practice Mode, so you can look at your current ability and see for yourself how much time you will have to spend to acquire the necessary skills. "The Active Mode" is when you step out of your comfort zone and build something out of your skills and creativity. This is when you create something that awes and amazes people, and only then will you start to attract wealth and fame.
Hopefully you understand why apprenticeship is important and how you can become an apprentice too in order to help you achieve your goals. However, if you still do not believe that apprenticeship is important, then you are taking a big risk and possibly ruining your chance of success in life.
So go out and take massive action.
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