All I know is that “I know nothing” and thus, by maintaining an empty cup, I can foster a sacred state of continual learning. Experience gives us a refined ability to comprehend more accurately. The veteran sees more, understands more, he makes connections that the beginner cannot make and therefore is more skilled. The veteran can achieve better results with less effort due to an evolved form of comprehension, application and seasoned knowledge. The beginner is forced to use crude tools to do the same tasks and this requires more energy.
As he is able to submit to the process and find the empowering meaning in every lesson, he will grow. If the veteran is not careful however his growth, efficacy, and ability can feed his ego, causing him to lose the accurate understanding of his capabilities, which signals the beginning of the end. There is so much safety in keeping the cup empty because once the cup is full it loses its usefulness. When you condition yourself to play in the process rather than the prize you will live in a continual state of progress and progress equals happiness.
“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”