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
This book took my understanding to a whole new level. A first read is hardly enough to take it all in. This work now needs to be studied closely to extract all the focus points for mastery.
It did take many long walks to finish, but each session helped me reaffirm my personal pursuits in life. The core concepts are well articulated so that any type of person can relate or at least connect with. There is a lot of focus on the brain with some instructions on how to make it masterful. the insights on learning are in sync with current research. appealing delivery and pace.
Avid reader. Loves both fiction and non fiction.
Mastery is at the very top of the list of my favorite books. It's filled with interesting life stories of past and modern day masters, it gives detailed practical knowledge on how to go beyond average in one's professional life and above all it's inspiring. This is a great guide for anyone who is willing to forget about looking for shortcuts and instead work long and hard towards achieving true mastery.
I gotta admit. The book starts slow. Really slow for that matter. I kept putting it down out of boredom But once you're 75% into it the value from EVERY sentence is huge. The entire remainder of the book is noteworthy. I highly recommend to anyone who is seeking their purpose or "life task" and want an overarching philosophy on how to take action on said purpose.
Although the content of the book was very interesting, the structure and the extreme amount of repetition was very annoying. It was as if he was trying to make a longer book by just repeating the same thing over and over.
His theory on mastery and the descriptions of various masters throughout history was very effective in spite of the above.
"An inspirational insight into success"
This is an entertaining and insightful examination into what it takes to stand out above the crowd. It helps you to realise that the success of geniuses like Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michael Faraday wasn't handed to them on a plate and that their natural talents alone did not secure their places in history. The secret ingredients were the love of their subject, their attitude and their determination to succeed despite constant obstacles. This book has helped me to see setbacks and challenges in a different light - often, they are blessings in disguise. Sometimes, they are the very key to success itself.
"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.
"Not a revelation"
More interesting for the biographies than any insight into mastery and self development. Can literally be summed up as 'work hard at what you enjoy and are best at'. Really wanted to like this book but finished a little disappointed at the lack of developed insight.
2 hrs of content stretched out to 16 hours. Not really sure of the point or practicality of it.
First of all I generally don't write reviews but in the case of this book I am making an exception! if you are like me and looked for this book on the recommendation of Elliot Hulse you will not be disappointed! it will get you on the way to becoming "the strongest version of yourself" the main problem i have with this audio-book is that Fred Sanders (i have never heard of him before is he famous in america?) voice get on my nerves but that's probably more of a personal thing! so all in all if you want a book for self improvement or even just to see what other peoples ideas on self improvement are! (like me) its worth ago right?
"Marvelous insight into some of the greats minds"
Really enjoyed this from start to finish. Some brilliant stories on past and present masters of their fields. The narrative of trying to apply your own mind to do the same I took a bit tongue in cheek. I'm definitely not Mozart..
"Great and life changing"
It is the book that help u get skills life and jobs done. Finding the thing motivates u from feep within your heart.
"Amazing, Enlightening and Motivating"
Yes, I read the book, and listened to the audio book twice and plan to do so again. The stories of the masters' lives are truly inspiring and I believe everyone should know their stories.
Michael Faradays story really resonated with me
Martha grahams story was a very unlikely one which shows you can achieve once you trust yourself and follow your instincts
"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.
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