This is standard Robert Greene work - and that's a good thing. Like "The 48 Laws of Power", he breaks down his topic (Mastery) into bite-sized chunks and then provides interesting glimpses and interpretations of historical (and current) events in light of the particular topic at hand. His stories are interesting and his points fascinating.
There are things in this book for everyone. I wish I'd read this book when I was sixteen. I'll probably give it to my daughter to read when *she* is sixteen. If your ambition is mastery of *anything*, I recommend this book!
Amazing, Inspiring, Truth
Moments of resonance, Solidifying and expressing ideas and theories I've had about intuition, or the "guiding force" available to all of us.
I loved every story, lesson, and quote. Undoubtedly these masters tapped into a resource which most ignore. I was drawn to this book because of my own guidance, coincidences, and paths found through this process. Our marketed, physical systems have took us as far as they can, now we must look inward to reach our full potentials. These masters were a rarity in the past but I believe with technology and books like Mastery will be abundant in our future. Robert Greene expresses the importance of submersing yourself into a field and being guided by your intuitions, but this practice goes for all aspects of life. This is a great crash course for anyone interested in this field. “We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” -Marcel Proust.
It provides a perspective that enables you to think outside the box.
In my opinion all stories are worth a listen, they all bring the coming of something greater than the human being.
Everything within life, is possible. Believe it, have faith and make it happen.
Great book overall, great historical and current references. Motivational and Inspiring.
In the top 3
It was a pleasant suprise that the author profiled some people I've been following independently; expounding on their achievements and steps they took to overcome obstacles. Temple Grandin, who is Autistic and the Dr. of Neurology in San Diego that is making amazing discoveries about the brain, and Goethe. But I love how the Author distinguishes the independent strenghts and decisions that contributed to their fulfillment. I have already recommended this book to many people and will listen to it several more times.This book could change your life.
What does it take to be a Master? Learn how to release your own potential from Others struggles and achievements.
The author uses the same people as examples in several different chapters, which when reading a book would be less confusing. I just thought I was repeating a chapter but as I listened, his expansion of the story was evident. Just FYI.
I really tried to get through this. I got almost 50% of the way there and just gave up. I think this got in my queue because someone (or possibly Audible) suggested it since I loved Malcolm Gladwell. While there are parallels, Gladwell's writing is far more compelling and he doesn't spend much of the book preaching in quasi self-help mode, alternated with anecdotes about famous "masters".
I also found it to be built on a logical fallacy - that you can only be happy/achieve mastery/follow your bliss if you move to your destined path, the one that is a fit for you. This is ridiculous. If I had accepted my abilities and shortcomings as they were, I never would have pursued my career; I had to become somebody slightly different than I was (or than I saw myself) in order to make this work. Greene implies that I'm in the wrong career path.
Admittedly, the biographical portions were interesting, but once he started to repeat them, it made the content seem all the more stretched and threadbare.
I absolutely loved this book, not much more to say. The stories about great historic figures and the explanations of the takeaway and life lesson provided by the stories are tight and super interesting. In the end, it provides great advice and insight on how to live a fruitful life. Narrator was top notch as well.
It is clear that Mr Greene is a true Master himself. He has distilled and refined the exact and true nature of what eludes us and given us this priceless gift. Better than "The Secret" or any book that promises you the keys to your future... This book explains what the recipe is for success in work and life.
I enjoy reading books that are about Psychology, Marketing, Scientific theory and history. Mr Greene elegantly combines these fields into a symphony of understanding for what it is to be a True Master in one's field.
The best part is that the answer to "what it is that is the key" may surprise you. I love this book.
If you are searching for answers in yourself that have eluded you for years... or a lifetime... then do yourself a favor, and listen to this one. I will be re-listening to it again.
Being the best version of myself and working on improving my ability to humbleness and mastery are my goals .
This is the kind of book you must have at home or at your iPod/iPhone!!! It's marvelous. The content is espetacular, the words are the most inspiring I have ever listen to. It's indeed incredible!!!
I recommend this all the time. Robert Greene structures complicated ideas and concepts in ways that are understandable - like he is taking my obfuscated thoughts and organizing them so that I can make use of my own knowledge, and gain more in the process.
It woke me up.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
I follow Robert Greene's work since I've read the great "Art of Seduction". By the way, I married my wife BECAUSE she read it almost in the same time as I did (we didn't know each other at the time), and, I found the book in her cabinet mini library. When I opened it, it was just like mine-- full of highlights and written observations...
But since then no other book from Robert Greene was as great. Until Mastery!
Buy this book and find out how to be a master, with many interesting characters and a very good trip to past and present... Worth the ride!