A mature athlete does not search for "the way". They attempt to create "their way".
"Your time is limited. Don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking." -Steve Jobs.
There is a progression of understanding athletes must make during their athletic 'careers'.
In the beginning, they often search for a specific technique, coach, or training methodology that will guide them to their goal.
When they find something that works, they cling to it and hold it as gospel. The moment that happens, they stop developing and growing as an athlete.
A mature athlete does not search for "the way", they attempt to create "their way". They understand that the best path for them may require a unique blend of approaches never seen or used before.
The mature athlete develops general guiding principles, but they do not believe in dogma. New ideas are approached with an open mind, but also with a healthy dose of skepticism. When new tech or an approach to training proves itself, they are quick to integrate it into their personal philosophy.
The best approach is to be open-minded to the experience and thinking of others, while always thinking for yourself.
- Antonio Gonzalez