Unlike Greene's other books, which are base and amoral (although still entertaining), this book is uplifting and motivating. Becoming great at anything is hard work and it is the hard work that separates those who achieve mastery in a subject area (or areas) and those who merely spectate. Mastery is not magic or necessarily innate ability, it is dedication to a pursuit through various phases of learning, from novice to master, combined with time and impeccable, undying work ethic. Greene, as in his other books, weaves historical examples throughout. Mastery is his best work to date and his first work to eclipse his own 48 Laws of Power.
Reading Robert Green books is like climbing a mountain. It's long, hard at times, but extremely rewarding once you reach the top.
The book starts off setting the tone by talking about the origin of human beings & culture. He even goes into the evolution of our primate ancestors to evolve stereoscopic vision, as an adaptation to living in trees, which were repurposed to aid tool making in humans. Knowing the author went this deep in grounding his future claims about human greatness was chilling.
5 stars easy.
I enjoyed this one ... good writing and great read. The biographical stories were fascinating and I found the switching of topics fascinating.
The only problem I had with this book, is that the underlying premise (that there are different stages of mastery) seemed lost at times. Also, there was a tendency to wax on and give different advice: for example, the author described the frantic energy and creative spark that deadlines can create for us ... then later describes that creative mastery should be done slowly.
Overall, though ... great read and great narrator. If you want to read something similar, try "Talent is Overated" ... this book has a similar message, similar biographies, but has a more focused premise (that all great performers required about 10k hours of concentrated practice to achieve greatness).
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.