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No. 321 / Craft

In the Middle Ages, a craftsman was known as someone who was particularly skilled at certain trade or profession. He gained that knowledge through a process called an apprenticeship. After an apprentice had finished his apprenticeship, he would then enter the journeyman phase of his life. He has learned the necessary skills to become a master but now must search for a place to set up shop and start making a living for himself. Upon successfully setting up shop, he could then call himself a master of his craft. 

In those days it was easy to identify a true master of craft. It might have been a leatherworker, a blacksmith, or a skilled carpenter. You could quickly look at their work and discern quality work from subpar work. 

But what does skilled work look like today? How does one distinguish a true master of craft? And an even more important question to ask is 'how does one become a master of his/her craft in today's world?'

Someone who has mastered their craft might be someone who is particularly skilled at closing a deal, developing an innovative way to navigate a website, or coming up with new techniques to teach and inspire people. Masters in today's work culture come from all backgrounds and can be spotted performing a variety of jobs. From taxi drivers to bankers, from sales ops managers to hotel grounds workers, quality craftsmanship takes many shapes these days. 

You don't have to be an artisan to be a craftsman. To master your craft, all you have to do is care, exceed expectations, make promises, and then keep them.