at least in your heart's attitude about learning. Because the fact is that whether you are 18 or 88 - there is still SO MUCH to learn and many areas to grow in and 'improve your game'.

Awhile back I was playing some chess on :) My rating is around 1300 (which isn't that great, unfortunately) - and I haven't really been about to get it up to the 1400 area... at least not for any good length of time. All the sudden I find myself playing a guy in the 1700's - which doesn't really happen because when he wins (and he probably will because his rating proves he is an amply stronger player than me) his rating will only go up 1 or 2 points.

Anyway, he won.

I asked him over chat, "How did you get so good."

He replied, "I'm not really that good."

I'm like, "Dude! You're rating is 1700+, obviously you are good."

He replied, "study, read, play stronger players, analyze your game."

... wow

... all the things I don't do!!

 I play for fun -

and I don't study chess.

I don't read about chess (I read one chess book back when I was 18, that's it),

I do play stronger players but usually lose,

and I don't analyze my games.

The fact of the matter is - I don't want to get better at chess THAT BAD because I'm not doing the things that will cause me to get better.

Plus I think I'm amazing and compared to most avid players... I really suck! :( It's sad but true!

ARE YOU DOING the things you need to do - studying, reading, taking on bigger challenges, analyzing - to make you sharper in your arena of life, or career, or field.

Or have you arrived at the ceiling of your calling?

Are you now an expert, or willing to remain a novice so you may continue to go higher?