We thrive not when we’ve done it all, but when we still have more to do. We know that we thrive when we stay at our own leading edge, and it’s why the deliberate incomplete is inbuilt into creation myths. In Navajo culture, some craftsmen and women would deliberately put an imperfection in textiles and ceramics. It’s what’s called a spirit line - a deliberate flaw in the pattern to give the weaver or maker a way out, but also a reason to continue making work.
Masters are not experts because they take a subject to its conceptual end. They’re masters because they realize that there isn’t one. We build out of the unfinished idea, even if that idea is our former self. This is the dynamic of mastery, coming close to what you thought you wanted can help you attain more than you ever dreamed you could. Even if we created utopias, I believe we would still have the incomplete. Completion is a goal, but we hope it is never the end.”