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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

April 16, 2024

The focus for today is:

The pursuit of mastery takes me into a world of wonder and discovery.

Today's inspiration was written by Peter Ralston:

"The difference between a student and a master is, the master has failed more times than the student has tried." –Mac Duke

Mastery may take commitment and work, but such a pursuit is life-changing even before any attainment. It provides a new and powerful experience rarely achieved.

Committing to mastery transforms life into a deep adventure, increases your self-esteem, and not only gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning but also provides you with a sense of being an exceptional person aiming for heights rarely attained. Simply, the pursuit of mastery takes you into another world, one of wonder and discovery.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article: 
     Committing to the Pursuit of Mastery
     Written by Peter Ralston.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of wonder and discovery (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
One of our "creativity killers" is probably doing the "same old same old" thing over and over again. To try new things, to learn new information and new skills, to be open to new experiences, expands our life and our vision of what is possible. 

Our focus for today: The pursuit of mastery takes me into a world of wonder and discovery..

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RELATED BOOK: The Art of Mastery

The Art of Mastery: Principles of Effective Interaction
by Peter Ralston.

book cover of: The Art of Mastery by Peter Ralston.In this detailed guide to what it takes to master something, Peter Ralston examines the powerful dynamics behind the art of mastery. He explores the foundational skills and operating principles that empower mastery, including the principle of effective interaction, the mind-body alignment principle, and creative intelligence. Examining “reaction” versus “response,” he looks at how to control your mind and transform your perceptive- awareness so that what you are experiencing aligns with what’s actually occurring—the first step toward reaching your objectives. 

Sharing methods to overcome the major obstacles to mastery, he presents a step-by-step breakdown of the principle of effective interaction and explains how to adapt when the people or objects you’re interacting with are working contrary to your goals, including in sports, business, warfare, politics, or any arena in which you’ve committed to pursuing mastery.

Click here for more info and/or to order this paperback book. Also available as an Audiobook and a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of Peter RalstonPeter Ralston is a founder of the consciousness movement in the San Francisco Bay area and the creator of the Art of Effortless Power, an internal martial art based on effortlessly effective interaction. Born in San Francisco but raised primarily in Asia, he began studying martial arts at the age of 9 in Singapore. By the age of 28 he had black belts or expertise in almost every martial art there is and was developing his own Art of Effortless Power. In 1978 he became the first non-Asian ever to win the World Championship full-contact martial arts tournament held in the Republic of China. The founder of the Cheng Hsin Center and the author of several books, including The Book of Not Knowing, he currently lives outside of San Antonio, Texas.