We get hung up on minutiae. Learning to understand and work with the smallest elements in our processes gives us the ability to improve. Knowledge requires repetition. It invites analysis. It prompts research. Curiosity inspires a need to know why and how things work. Josh Waitkin explores persistence in his compelling book The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance. He shares the lessons learned from his journey of being a chess champion to his head first immersion into Tai Chi. He connects dots. He paves paths. He demonstrates the successful application of persistence in learning, how the small steps, the basics, the understanding of the processes allow for mastery.