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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This book changed my life and my entire way of thinking I highly recommend to everyone
An incredible book filled with life lessons and truths about what it really takes to be a master of life, a master of your craft and how the greatest people of our time have made a dent on earth. An incredible read -- buy it.
Good narration and good storyline. Overstates theoretical conclusions drawn from his understanding of Darwinian evolution. Offers questionable political advice in working relationships with people seem forced and disingenuous.
I enjoyed the book. it had great info from real life examples. A little bit to long for my taste but I do recommend it.
This is much more a "self-help", "motivational" book than a scientific probing of how mastery is achieved. Although the biographical references are interesting, they merely illustrate one man's opinion of how mastery unfolds. He never tests his theories (if we can call them that) with disconfirming information. Again, if you're hoping for a Tony Robbins pep talk, this may be for you. If you want a more robust, research-supported framework (a la Kahnemen), look elsewhere.
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