My life has been defined by one mission, achieving virtuosity in life.
Virtuosity to me simply means mastery, understanding what it takes to do something easily and effortlessly.
The key word here is effortless.
Effortless does not mean without effort, it means not having to exert more effort than you have to.
For example, when I play guitar, there is absolutely no effort involved at all.
I simply pick up the guitar and the fingers are moving about on the strings by themselves. I am like an observer watching them do their thing.
That doesn’t mean that there’s no effort in my fingers.
It just means that the effort is so minimal it seems effortless.
How did I develop this effortless touch?
From years of playing.
Years of experience have taught me exactly how much force to exert to pluck the strings and that’s exactly what I do.
I exert the energy required and not one ounce more.
My search for virtuosity led me to identify the basic components that must be present before virtuosity can occur
The discovery became the basis for my first book, the Art of Virtuosity.
In that book, I listed the necessary conditions for virtuosity to occur.
These are lightness of touch, looseness of body, fluidity of movement, rhythm, economy and release.
They are universal principles of virtuosity, present in all manifestations of virtuosity.
Take painting for instance. (Besides my interest in music, I am also a watercolorist.)
A good painter is defined as someone who has mastered a light, fluid, rhythmic and economical touch in his brush strokes.
Have you ever seen a master painter with a heavy clumsy touch?
Or for that matter, a martial artist?
Or an athlete?
Even in boxing, a pugilistic art based on brute force, consider Mohammed Ali’s famous line, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Look at any virtuoso and you will see the same qualities in their movements.
In life, I’ve found the same conditions and attributes to be true.
In life, to achieve mastery, one must also move lightly, fluidly with grace and rhythm, and with economy.
These are all necessary conditions if you want to live an effortless life.
Next, some ideas on how to achieve effortlessness in life.