About

Mastery of Skill is a veteran owned small business specializing in skill development, personal growth, leadership, and management. Combined, our professionals have hundreds of years of experience from military and civilian industry with skills that have been refined and tested in the real world.  These are skills that matter, that you need, and that I want to make sure you have.

The brightest highlights of my military career have been the times when I could teach, coach, and mentor others.  I am also deeply inspired by the long list of teachers, coaches, and mentors that have brought me to where I am today and quite frankly, I feel it is my duty to repay the debt I owe them by passing on what I have learned from them over the years.

In October 2016,  I committed to teaching (in some form or fashion) and started researching and planning the path I would need to take to get there.  There are loads of great options to break into teaching on the other side of a military career… none of which really excite me.  The thought of going back to school so I could get another degree and a certificate to teach, in an infrastructure I don’t believe in almost completely shut me down.  Teaching high school and college were out, so I looked to something familiar.  Scouting.

Now, I’ll be blunt with no disrespect meant to the institution that is modern scouting… but it isn’t for me either.  The boys don’t seem to be getting it.  The parents are only involved at a lukewarm level at best and the organization is crippled by a lack of inclusivity (on gender and religious grounds), and poor program discipline.  My son and I are still working with a local scout troop because it is the only option (right now), but in the long term… scouting is out.

Once this realization hit me, I started mulling over what it was that mattered to me most about teaching and what my role is in teaching and coaching my children, and those within my own spheres of influence.  Like I am known to do, I started making a list… that list grew into a spreadsheet, and is now growing into a book, a website, and a community of skills seekers.

As I started to define the concept of Core Skills, Auxiliary Skills, Adventure Skills, Social Skills, and Craftsmanship Skills I realized I am surrounded by experts in hundreds of fields, with experiences that extend down paths I have never walked.  It came to me that these are the people I want to learn from, and that I want my children to learn from.  So I am starting on this journey to build a community focused on learning, taking action, and of helping people be of value to themselves and others.

I want to help lead people to Mastery of Skill.

Our mission is to provide simple instruction in developing skills required to be highly effective in your life.

We accomplish this mission by crafting tailored content which makes each of the skills we advocate accessible and executable.

Interested?  Come join the discussion in our closed facebook group and see where this journey goes.

Jonathan F. Nelson

Founder: Mastery of Skill