Ryan Holiday explains why the cost of mastery for him is not being able to “turn it off.” He thinks it extends to many successful people in their respective crafts.

“The thing that makes them so good and focused,  ironically or paradoxically, deprives them of enjoying the fruits of that labor fully the way a different person might envision that it would feel.”

He references a biography he recently read on legendary Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

Saban has built these [very successful] franchises, but instead of reveling in having built them, he wants to go to another one or he wins the championship and all he can think about is the next one.

“Is that a higher level of thinking or a lower level of thinking?”

All Ryan wanted to do is write one book and now he’s written four. He wonders if:

“Is what keeps you going your inability to enjoy that thing fully?”

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Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians.