The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the best-selling The 48 Laws of Power
What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.
Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller - all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene's earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.
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Clarity of purpose
Being great at something and to truly arrive at being great takes 10,000 hours or more. This is a message that is not being presented in today's age. Students think that they can cheat their way to greatness or be distracted by their phones and think that they can delve deep enough into a subject matter to earn a great job. Shortcuts are preached by many in education and politics. We are not meant to multi-task. Success is not a quick-fix away.
Fred Sanders is the best narrator of a Robert Greene book. He tells the stories well and with just enough passion to keep the listener engaged. I wish that the other books were also available unabridged and read by the same performer. The reader of the abridged Power and Seduction books was too smarmy and took away the credibility of the text.
Master your passion, or be mastered by others.
This is a great book and I will read it again. I also purchased the print copy. It is easy to become sidetracked by the media and all of the various forms of entertainment and news that is "so important." Even at work, it is easy to major in the minor things and fall prey to the tyranny of the urgent. This book encourages a person to focus on one thing. To do that separates you out from the 99.999% who dabble and waste their potential and their lives never accomplishing anything worthwhile. What sounds like sacrifice actually is a gift of time and clarity of mind. It takes less time to prioritize when there is a singular goal and less time is needed when the goal is so clear.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This is a good look at what it really takes to be a master. No quick easy silver bullet but just work, insight and sweat. I like Robert Greene's books as I find them very helpful and well written. Wish I had this knowledge when I was starting out. Of course it doesn't answer the problem when your chosen profession or skill you are pursuing disappears or becomes redundant. You're suppose to have the insight to see where the next step is. I have not found that and feel like I am looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn't really there. Never the less this book is well worth the listen to. One of the good self help books.
This is a fantastic collection of biographies and lessons. A very pleasant education on just about everything
The author uses plenty of example from Davinci to Mozart to Proust to Darwin to Paul Graham to illustrate his points about Mastery and how it is not through some rare gift but through conscious practice and attention to detail. Understanding this and how it relates to your "life's work" can guide career decisions. I wish I had a copy of this when I left high school rather than learning on the job so to speak.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
The substance of this book is great. It features stories of interesting people who have achieve mastery in their fields. It debunks the myth that masters are born and not made through hard work.
Great subject matter with interesting stories. What could be better? It would be better if it were eight hours instead of sixteen. The book simply needs a major editing (pruning might be a better word). The book is repetitive and needlessly lengthy, droning on like a politician's speech after the point has already been made.
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.
its the best audiobook I've listened to so far.
The narrator was excellent and I've no complaints
your road to excellence
beautiful guidebook to finding your most fulfilling career
The person reading this for Audible did an outstanding job. His voice was pleasant, he spoke at a nice pace, and he kept my interest the whole time.
The foreword (or 1st chapter) was dry but helpful. I think I'd recommend starting with chapter 2, then when finished, go back to the front of the book.
The author, Robert Greene, has written a very insightful book. The biographical research must've taken forever. It was very good and I learned a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, and a lot of other foks..
What a journey is has been! Though there are parts which I could not fully understand at the present phase of my life, the stories of past and current masters are truly inspiring to me. I'm sure that I'll return to the ideas presented in this masterpiece for guidance later on in life.
"Read this when you're 21!"
One of the best Audible books I've listened to
It's unique researching high achievers that are not all well known and better for it.
His passion made me want to carry on listening
10,000 hours to Mastery
I loved this book. I particularly enjoyed learning about some of the lesser well know Masters and have been inspired to read and research some of their material. I have learned a great deal. I was left feeling this book should be read in your 20's and there was a sense that by 40 (as I am) it's a little too late!! Nonetheless it is a great read.
"An inspirational read for the aspiring Master"
Robert Greene presents valuable principles of Mastery and allows the reader (or listener) to absorb these principles with relevant examples throughout history.
Thoroughly enjoyed! Well read too!
A true insight into mastering any field. Recommended for anyone wanting to develop their inclinations. Lessons not easily learned from people around you.
"Great storytelling, but too long for an audiobook"
Yes, there's lots of great and interesting stories from famous people here to give you some inspiration. However it is very long and at 16 hours, there were times when I felt it was simply getting a bit repetitive
This is good addition for anyone interested in self-development as well as reading up on biographies of successful people
what characters? This is not a novel
"Compelling and Inspiring"
This is not a dry textbook-style, step-by-step guide to mastery. It is far more engaging than I thought it could be and the narrator does a magnificent job.
Fantastic study of some of the greatest minds of the last few hundred years in their different fields of expertise. Greene looks into their biographies and pin points not only what made these individuals great but also how we all have the capability of achieving mastery.
"informative and crisp"
typical Robert Greene
the research and clarity
difficult to say, it was all excellent
difficult due to the length, but certainly devoured it in a couple
anybody who has read Robert Greene knows exactly what to expect, anybody who hasn't read Robert Greene, should!
"A must read for developing yourself"
Yes, this book really helps to expand your mind and understand life in a different way, defiantly a book I will be listening to several times during different points in my life.
Each chapter has answers that you will be seeking throughout the stages of your life.
The Narrator is very engaging, the passion in their voice helps to keep your attention.
The messages in the book are the best part.
There is no one chapter that stands out has they all carry a message that will be important in some way in your life.
Mastery, becoming the greatest version of you.
A must read!
"A great start to any aspiring master"
One of the best, have listened to funnier but nothing compare to its educational message.
Einsteins story about his job at the patent office, how a job can be something that helps you eat and give you time to critically think about what you really want to do and become in life.
Temple Grandin and how she overcame autism, becoming a true master.
A great book and will have examples of things you probably have done subconsciously, but not taking anything away from it just making it even more powerful. Almost turning it into a tool instead of something you think, you feel or would like to be the right way.
The references to past masters making it a collection of GREAT stories and not too educational.
"Great Book that i'd recommend to anyone"
This is the first book I got from Audible and I'm happy with the choice. I learned much from this book as it show you what it takes to be good in something. It is hard work , we sometimes resist doing and calling ourself talentless. But talent without the long hours of hard work to put in is nothing. I will definately some back to this book and listen to it again as it is really inspiring. Again, I would recommend this book to anyone...
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