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.
©2012 Robert Greene (P)2012 Penguin Audio
The books gives a big incentive to create. Moreover, reading this books definitely has a positive impact on the mood!
This is definitely one of my favorite books now.
Really enjoyed this audio version.
Maybe, but I would be cautious.
He didn't perform characters. This was written in the third person throughout.
Some exceptional concepts and ideas are buried within this book. However, the author cannot seem to get past the idea that parents are all overbearing, non-nurturing, stifling, and have to be "overthrown". Are you kidding me? I get the idea that we have to unshackle ourselves, but I get the feeling the author is projecting, and it significantly takes away from the enjoyment and message of this book.
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.
For readers are already familiar woth Greene's laws (the 48) and strategies (the 33), you'll find them sprinkled here and there in Mastery whenever they make sense.
This is the best of Greene because he seems to have become a master himself.
Fred Sanders's voice is clear and excellent even for a French listener like me.
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.
No. It repeats the same biographies over and over. I might recommend an abridged version.
The reader was good.
No. Repeated himself enough as it is.
While there is some great info on masters and useful info on mastery, Greene does not respect the reader's time. I can see the possible value of of spreading a biography over several topical chapters, but many details of each of the biographies are repeated at least 3-4 times. The book therefore has a very drawn-out feel.
Perhaps more importantly, Greene will often praise a master's tendency to carve his own path, but then he will also stress the importance of walking on eggshells around existing paradigms in "career" paths, as if a career path in profit-driven enterprise is unavoidable and the only way to give voice to your creativity. He does not advise masters to challenge the status quo when it is not prudent. He talks about a fighter pilot's unmatched kill count as if it is an accolade, and not a tragic symptom of pilots having to master a task that should not be necessary. Mastery of flight is one thing, but to exalt a kill count is to miss the point that masters are the ones who should, by their massive action and inner wisdom, be the ones saving us from the necessity to act out our lives within these paradigms, rather than "finding their niche" within a culture to demonstrate their mastery. Again, he does praise masters' staunch individuality, but ultimately forfeits to the notion that the expression of that individuality must manifest within the typical realms of politics, economics, business, academia, etc., ignoring the fact that any true master with half a pair of testicles will not forfeit and will find a way to achieve mastery without any consideration of or acquiescence to the trending pardigms and societal fuckery of the era.
The author takes you on a journey through the ages, meeting the likes of many masters, including Mozart, DaVinci, Darwin and more. History, Sociology, Philosophy. . it's all in there.
A bit repetitive, but overall a great book. I definitely recommend it. All the success that all these geniuses (Masters) have obtained wasn't overnight or luck. It took hours and hours of working on their craft that led to that. If we devote ourselves just how these great people did we could obtain mastery as well.
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...
"Well researched and tight message throughout"
Robert Greene always produces interesting content and researches it very well. He is thorough and his writing is engaging as he weaves the stories of various masters of their discipline throughout the ages, bringing theme after theme together to tie the subject together in comprehensive manual for intellectually understanding mastery.
Worth a read. Very interesting in both content and context.
The fact various topics discussed vehemently segmented into chapters.
Mozart! No spoilers!
Fred Sanders brings a presence of immediacy and engages you the listener for whole 16hrs.
Its got to be Chapter 6! Again No spoilers!!
You wont be disappointed. This book is very interesting plus it could make you a bit smarter as well!
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