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Essay: “The Playing Field” by Graham Duncan

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Essay: “The Playing Field” by Graham Duncan

What I learned reading The Playing Field by Graham Duncan.

The Playing Field by Graham Duncan is BY FAR the best piece of writing I've read on the journey we must all make to reach mastery in our fields. While Graham writes about the journey to master the art of investing, everything in it is broadly generalizable.

In Graham’s view we must all progress from apprentice, to professional, to self-actualization, operating at scale with impact, and eventually (if we make it) mentoring the new generation. It’s a wonderful meditation on mastery — what it is, what it looks like, and most importantly the journey to get there.

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The Big Ideas

While nothing beats reading the essay in its entirety, here's an attempt to sum up some of the big ideas:

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