It starts with knowledge, and the route to knowledge is called learning. Not data or information the rote Filipino education teaches.
After knowledge comes its application – know-how. Then comes actual application – doing. With doing comes true mastery.
With mastery of at least one thing comes the confidence that is the foundation of freedom within oneself against all outside vagaries.
It is a long road and a constant process. Asian martial arts and meditation masters know that, which a reason for the confidence and success of Northeast Asian cultures over Southeast Asian ones. Or the success of the German culture as opposed to Latin Europe. The ancient guild system emphasizes mastery in whatever one chooses to do. Mistakes there are lessons learned on the way to mastery.
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