it started of in the first chapter rather dul and very self help bookish; however, as the book progressed I found it a delight to listen to the stories as is the signature style of Robert Green
Great book, i would recommend this book to anyone wanting more out of life and a sense of direction to fulfilling that. It's been a great ride and few months of repeating chapters to understand the substance of what Greene is saying. I would recommend the audible version to get started on the first few chapters (they can be dense if not read aloud to you) but get the hard copy to really study it.
I absolutely LOVED the stories! The book is worth it based on that reason alone. But the advice based on those stories is absolutely horrible, and often contradictory.
For example, at the end of one story, they said something like, "Therefore (BASED ON THIS SINGLE EXAMPLE) if you aren't good at something, you should avoid it at all costs."
Then literally the very next story ended with, Therefore (BASED AGAIN ON THIS SINGLE EXAMPLE) if you aren't good at something, you should keep putting yourself in that situation so you can work hard at it and get better."
At the end of almost every story, the author uses that single example to give definitive advice on what you should do. Not, "Therefore be careful to not make the same mistake." Or "While it may seem unintuitive, sometimes it's better to do X." This book says, "Based on this single example, you should *always* do X."
If you want a book with amazing and inspirational stories you can learn from, then get this book. Just be sure to ignore the author's analysis of those stories...you're better off coming to your own conclusions.
Love the book. Amazing realizations packed throughout.
Some of the stories take a little to get to the point, but the author has an amazing way of connecting the lessons to the stories.
I would also only recommend this book to those who seemingly have a more advanced understanding of life. Otherwise your mind might not be capable of making the intended connections and realizations the author illuminates.
A thorough investigation into the subject of mastery, with fine examples spanning many fields of human endeavour. I've learned so much about so many fields of art, science, humanities and history and feel inspired and equipped to master my chosen field. Excellently read by Fred Sanders. Highly recommended.
This was my first audiobook. I have many Robert Greene books and loved every one of them. This is a great way to consume material for when reading isn't applicable. I recommend this rendition to anyone seeking extensive knowledge. I'll listen to it multiple times.
Life changing! Makes you think differently about the way you do things. Brings genius into perspective. Genius is simply discipline for the thing you love. You have to accept the failure that comes with the apprenticeship required to become a master.