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The Four Step Path to Mastery in Anything…

By Marcus Santer


My first thought was “Shizzle!”

Closely followed by my second: “Thank goodness I was wearing my safety specks.

Because as the spiral point tap I was using to put a screw thread into a titanium liner exploded…

I felt parts of it bouncing off my face.

And as I’m sure you appreciate… Sharp, tiny pieces of High Speed Steel (HSS) aren’t the kind of thing you want in your eye.

My third thought as I picked bits of HSS out of my hair was: “What the hell do I do now?


I’ve snapped taps before, but that was in practice.

This was the first time I’d bust a tap whilst putting a thread into something I actually need to use.

And there it is with a chunk of snapped tap stuck inside it.

Long story short…

I’ve got 500ml of Muriatic acid (Hydrochloric Acid) on it’s way to me.

I tell ya, eBay never ceases to amaze me!

Apparently the acid won’t touch the titanium, but it will happily eat away at the piece of HSS spiral tap stuck in the hole.

Clever stuff.

And if you keep the acid at 90 degrees C, you can get the job done in 2 hours.

So now I just need to work out how to do that.


What’s that?

You’ve no interest in knife making and you’re wondering how any of this can be of benefit to you?

Hold your horses Sparky =)

It’s my way of demonstrating by experience – and not theory – the importance of what I’m tempted to call…

The Ultimate Success System

But I think I might have already have used that term in a previous ZEN+ daily =)


I did a quick check through the 361 ZEN+ posts on my blog and I’m pretty certain I haven’t shared this nugget of wisdom with you yet.

So here goes…

And let’s call it:

The Four Step Path to Mastery in Anything

Here’s how to get really good at whatever it is you want to get really good at:

  1. Do
  2. Fail (the faster and larger the better)
  3. Learn
  4. Adapt

This is a never ending cycle.

You simply keep:

  1. Doing – Whatever it is you want to get good at
  2. Failing – Making mistakes, getting things wrong and all that fun stuff
  3. Learn – Learn from your mistakes, errors and cock ups
  4. Adapt – Based on what you learned, make changes to what you’re doing

Then go back to Step 1Doing whatever it is you want to get good at.

And repeat.

And repeat.

And repeat.

As you can see now, my HSS spiral tap exploding disaster yesterday was simply another mistake on my path to knife making mastery.

A path I think will take even longer than the 15 years I’ve spent getting pretty good at Qigong =)

But hey…

What else are you going to do with your life?

Right, I’ve got work to do.

Bye for now


P.S. Holy Smokes!

I nearly forgot to give you the opportunity to invest in one of my life enhancing products.

Not sure how that happened.

Must be Vivaldi’s Four Season I’ve got playing in the background.

It’s made me all smooth and mellow vibes.

But never fear…

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