Grind or Hone

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People talk about the daily grind. It’s the idea that the repetitive parts of life—the getting out of bed and making breakfast and going to work and doing the work—these things wear you down. Bit by bit, you are reduced by them and made into something smaller and smoother and less interesting.

But what about growth? The strange thing is, learning a new skill also requires seemingly endless repetition. One cannot improve at anything without dialing in the groove of a habit and sculpting a rough ability into a refined skill. This is why progressing to the point of mastery is so hard. It takes incredible stamina and persistence.

Sharpening and dulling both require a grind. It’s really just the difference of how you choose to angle the stone.