This is a fantastic collection of biographies and lessons. A very pleasant education on just about everything
The books gives a big incentive to create. Moreover, reading this books definitely has a positive impact on the mood!
This is definitely one of my favorite books now.
Really enjoyed this audio version.
Maybe, but I would be cautious.
He didn't perform characters. This was written in the third person throughout.
Some exceptional concepts and ideas are buried within this book. However, the author cannot seem to get past the idea that parents are all overbearing, non-nurturing, stifling, and have to be "overthrown". Are you kidding me? I get the idea that we have to unshackle ourselves, but I get the feeling the author is projecting, and it significantly takes away from the enjoyment and message of this book.
For readers are already familiar woth Greene's laws (the 48) and strategies (the 33), you'll find them sprinkled here and there in Mastery whenever they make sense.
This is the best of Greene because he seems to have become a master himself.
Fred Sanders's voice is clear and excellent even for a French listener like me.
No. It repeats the same biographies over and over. I might recommend an abridged version.
The reader was good.
No. Repeated himself enough as it is.
While there is some great info on masters and useful info on mastery, Greene does not respect the reader's time. I can see the possible value of of spreading a biography over several topical chapters, but many details of each of the biographies are repeated at least 3-4 times. The book therefore has a very drawn-out feel.
Perhaps more importantly, Greene will often praise a master's tendency to carve his own path, but then he will also stress the importance of walking on eggshells around existing paradigms in "career" paths, as if a career path in profit-driven enterprise is unavoidable and the only way to give voice to your creativity. He does not advise masters to challenge the status quo when it is not prudent. He talks about a fighter pilot's unmatched kill count as if it is an accolade, and not a tragic symptom of pilots having to master a task that should not be necessary. Mastery of flight is one thing, but to exalt a kill count is to miss the point that masters are the ones who should, by their massive action and inner wisdom, be the ones saving us from the necessity to act out our lives within these paradigms, rather than "finding their niche" within a culture to demonstrate their mastery. Again, he does praise masters' staunch individuality, but ultimately forfeits to the notion that the expression of that individuality must manifest within the typical realms of politics, economics, business, academia, etc., ignoring the fact that any true master with half a pair of testicles will not forfeit and will find a way to achieve mastery without any consideration of or acquiescence to the trending pardigms and societal fuckery of the era.
Relying upon more real principles and less positive mental attitude exercises.
No. He must be delusional to expect spoken rules to be accepted as eternal principles. Using reason beyond credible limits to justify miraculous results. Like two shaman referring to the same thunderstorm in opposite terms. One desires sacrifice to appease the angry gods and the other declaring that the gods are fighting our battles for us in the heavens. He twists thoughts to support outlandish claims.
No. Reading was a repetitious rhythm that was more like a constant commercial than a book reading. He regularly mispronounced words like "omnipotent" in his readings. Always sounding exactly the same in his timbre and pace.
Distrust, a con in the grossest manner. I fell for these same principles and found myself irresponsibly in debt. An "attitude of abundance" does not regard lack as a possibility. My collectors would tend to disagree with that reality. Thinking it so does not make reality go away. It still needs to be addressed.
It is like the scripture in the bible that spoke of early members of the church saying to the poor, "go home, be fed, all is well, be happy" It did not fill their bellies any more that these words could fill ones own coffers.
No... The book becomes very repetitive and the author forces the argument. If what you want is to learn some information about some Masters then get the book. You will listen to the story multiple times to the point that you will feel you are in the same chapter you already listened to. I would even say that the main premise of the book is valid but this is a book where we should say "sorry I wrote a long book, i did not have time to write a short one."
Makes the repetition of the story less annoying.
Not really. I give him credit for compiling stories of many interesting people.
principles are great, but this author has no heart for people. success at the cost of any relationship is not the way people should live - that's the reason this world is in the state that it is today
Robert Greene doesn't practice what he preaches... read the reviews of the 40 laws and you'll see that he doesn't practice them himself... what kind of a person writes and recommends things that he doesn't practice himself?
I find the audio edition more suitable since most parts are stories and are fun to listen to. Other parts are more instructional and for those I would've preferred a print version instead of rewinding to re-listen.
Affirmed and validated my actions
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I highly recommend everyone to get your hands on this book! I couldn't wait to finish it and start applying all its knowledge! Extremely insightful.
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I'll need to listen to this masterwork more than once, not because I'm lacking or daft but rather, it is so full of wisdom. To hear it once and then never again, would be like reading the Bible and doing so. So many of Robert's phrases are themselves unremarkably memorable, like the haunting of a ghost we befriended long ago but only remember during the reading.
There was a life-changing novel, a simple one named "How to Raise Your Self Esteem" by Dr. Nathaniel Brandon. It spared me from suicide as a 27 year old man who just lost his husband of a decade. No one was coming to 'save me'. In an a more thorough, mature, intellectual way, 'Mastery' is the logical next step.
I love to watch the tide rise and fall in my mind as I struggle to argue with Robert's finer points. That destiny has no place in mastery and yet, how was it not destiny for Mozart to be born to a musical family? Was it merely a coincident he was born to love the piano at age 4? I can't buy that any more than I can believe Evolution has no Father. I discovered my own brand of autism through the expounding of another's views and trademark personality.
If you pass this book by then, may the master you hoped you'd find research it pass you by as well. It's a well-deserved end. If however your wisdom guides you and you do purchase the novel, then may you be blessed and enhanced by its many gifts.