4 Steps to become a Master at Anything!

The 4 steps that any master has to go through in order to become a true master at what they do are:

  • Unconscious incompetence
  • Conscious incompetence
  • Conscious competence
  • Unconscious competence

So what all of this mean?

What do these 4 steps have in common with filmmaking, cameras, story, cinema, storytelling or any other discipline related to film that that is what this webpage is all about?

Well, the reason is that these are universal Steps that any person, no matter how intelligent, has to go through in order to become a trueaster at what they do.

Some people master a skill in less time than others but every single person must begin somewhere. In this case everyone begins by being a unconscious incompetent.

Unconscious Incompetence

An unconscious incompetent it’s the first stage of becoming a master. In this stage you do not master the skill and neither you are capable of identifying what you’re doing wrong.

This is the stage where most guitarists beggin. They do not know how to play the guitar (it sounds horrible by the way) and neither they are capable of identifying what they’re doing wrong. This means that they cannot improve as they do not know what or how they can fix what they’re doing wrong.

This is the first stage for becoming a master at anything.

Conscious Incompetence

In this stage you have already become conscious of what it is that you’re doing wrong.

This means that you already know what to fix and how to fix it but you still play the guitar and it sounds like sh**.

The key here is that the more you practice and the more you correct those faults that stop you from playing the guitar and sounding great, the more close you will be to the next stage of mastering any skill.

This is the second stage for becoming a master at anything.

Conscious Competence

This stage is when you already know how to play the guitar and make it sound wonderful, but you still need to think about where to put your fingers to make it sound beautifully.

The problem with this stage and why it’s far from mastery is that it is still slow.

If you have to be thinking of what you’re doing next, this means that you won’t go as fast, as you need to be thinking about two separate things at the same time: what you are currently doing and what you will do next.

Nevertheless, although slow, we can already hear you play the guitar wonderfully.

Unconscious Competence

This is the stage for masters.

Here only mastery is allowed.

Only VIP members.

This is the stage where you do not even have to think about playing the guitar. It is the stage where somebody gives you a guitar and you just play without thinking about it.

You know whether you are doing it right or wrong, you are aware of what you’re doing but in a much more subtle way. The unconscious way.

This means that your mind is travelling way faster than when you were a conscious competent and that every decision, every action is decided unconsciously, through a process much more intuitive and faster than the conscious mind, allowing you conscious mind to worry about other more important things that need more thought.

It’s so fast and intuitive like tying your shoelaces.

You don’t think about it.

You just do it.

You just feel it.

You’ve mastered it.

You have become a master at it.

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