A Master and an Apprentice

Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.”

– Yoda

Dreams are incredible things. Today, colonizing Mars, ending hunger, autonomous flight, or even curing disease with nanotechnology can be imagined, while the future will reveal so many other dreams and ideas that are currently inconceivable. Those who formulate the dream are not always prepared to achieve it without help. In fact, to realize a grand vision, the pursuit of knowledge, skill development and mastery are required. We learn best by incorporating the experience of others.

You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The Master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”

– Unknown

Like Luke Skywalker hoping to harness the power of the Force, or Rocky Balboa, a poor uneducated small-time boxer dreaming of being the World Heavyweight Champion, those who dream are not always able to achieve without a guide, coach, or a mentor. Their success depended on the guidance from the wise sage. Someone who walked the path, witnessed the landscape, understood the responsibility, and knew their role in elevating their student. They can add a spark at the right time, inject energy where it is needed, illuminate the dark, or collapse time by straightening the path. Yoda saw