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Is the sentence below correct?

I want to say I can't merely rely on self-learning in order to become proficient in my career, and I need better resources.

Although self-learning is an essential factor of success for any career, I believe it isn’t enough to achieve full mastery in them.

Or do I have to say it this way:

Although self-learning is an essential factor of success for any career, I believe it isn’t enough to achieve full mastery in it.

However, as both sound a bit awkward to me, I would appreciate it if anyone could suggest me better substitutes.

  • I think your second example is closer, but both are still awkward. What exactly are you trying to get across? Could you give some more context? – Chromane Mar 22 '18 at 22:50
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    @Chromane I agree. I want to say I can't merely rely on self-learning in order to become proficient in my career, and I need better resources. – Ghazal Sahebzamani Mar 22 '18 at 22:52
  • Which noun represents the thing you want to master? The syntax suggests ‘career’, but that’s not something normally described as a thing to be mastered. – Lawrence Apr 22 '18 at 0:40
  • "I believe it isn’t enough to achieve full mastery in one." – Hot Licks May 22 '18 at 1:33
  • If you're gonna use mastery, it should be mastery of, not in. – John Lawler May 22 '18 at 2:28
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I think your second example is closer, but both are still awkward. Maybe other terms for "Self-learning"?

In both sentences it is unclear whether "mastery" refers to the skill of self-learning or the field itself.

  • Self-learning is a valuable skill in any career, but true mastery requires proper resources and support
  • While independent learning and self-directed growth are important, true proficiency in a skill or field requires feedback and support.
  • Wow, this sounds much better. Thanks a lot for your help :) – Ghazal Sahebzamani Mar 22 '18 at 23:04

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