Parable of Miles and the Knight
The parable of Miles and the Knight: http://chuckandelaine.com/wonder/miles_knight.html.
This is as applicable to the Laurel/Apprentice/artisan relationship as it is to the Knight/Squire/fighter. Some people aren’t willing to ask for help and would rather hack at the trees themselves. This isn’t wrong but is the hardest path.
Some Laurels rest on their laurels.. this isn’t wrong.. but it’s not the only possible action.
The forest is deep and dark.. and overhelmingly huge.. and the center is impossibly far away. Sadly I believe the closer you come to the center (and to “Perfect Master”) the more convinced you become that it doesn’t exist.. and it’s still impossibly far away.