Big Idea 1: The path to mastery looks completely different than what you have been taught. If you are like most people, you have been taught that you just need to work hard and you will keep getting better and better every day. If you have bought into this type of social conditioning, the mastery curve in your head looks something like this… However, Leonard realizes how unrealistic this is and proposes a much better alternative to what the path actually looks like… Here, the important notion of plateau is introduced. Notice that a master’s journey is mostly spent on a plateau. The progress appears after dedicated time on the plateau and can even be followed by regress (this is when you have just deadlifted your personal record and two weeks later, even though you have strictly stuck to your lifting regimen, you might deadlift less weight), but the new plateau is now higher than your previous one (After six months of dedication to proper lifting and nutrition, your deadlift plateau will be much higher than six months ago). This is the realistic nature of progress, and anyone who has dedicated serious time to exercising, playing an instrument, or any other kind of path to mastery will identify with this instantly.