I have read several other books by Mr Greene and love his approach. He exposes different rules and principles and then produces real-life current and historical examples. Many of the biographical case studies are not your typical historical figures and may include architects and military figures who had impact in their fields but are not well known to the general public.
Despite this being a potentially very dry subject, Mr Greene makes the subject come alive and realize that we can and should work to achieve mastery level in our work and life. Read/listen and learn the path to mastery.
I can't recommend this book more. Robert Greene is truly a master at capturing the essence of all the greats. You get a detailed look at what it takes to become supremely successful and a healthy motivation boost to go along with it.
The book started out great with strong ideas around mastery and how to achieve it which is why I personally wanted to read this book. After you get through the how, the remainder of the book is riddled with examples. The examples are strong but you lose sight of what you would need to do to bring mastery into your own life. I found myself not listening to the back half of the book after a few examples because there were just too many. A balance between examples and personal application would have been a value. Also some examples are repetitive - the same key people are mentioned again and again in different sections of the book yet each time you hear their introduction once again which was at times frustrating. The advice at the start was worth it but you may not have to finish the entire book to get the bulk of the message.
The author found the perfect words to describe and analyze the intellectual and creative processes that can lead to mastery. An absolutely fascinating and inspiring book, its message is positive and self affirming throughout -- which made me look forward to each chapter. Robert Greene hit upon something special in this work, a kind of clarion call to honor the achievements of humanity from the dawn of man until now and to imagine how each of us can fit into a tomorrow filled with even greater strides of human ingenuity that benefit us all.
this book really makes you think about self development in a real way and takes away the magic of success. making it very clear that long term and consistent success can only be achieved by continual practices...