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Mastery (Plume) [Paperback]

George Leonard
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452267560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452267565
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.4 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and effective 21 Aug 2008
I expected yet another booh-yah you-can-do-it self help book but I was very wrong. This book has a powerful message delivered in a clear and yet subtle way. The narrative style is almost gentle yet the strength of what's being said can hardly be argued with.

Leonard states explicitly why Mastery is out of vogue, why we've come to want it even more than ever but have forgotten what it actually is. Advise such as how many years it takes to just become good at something let alone master it might unsettle us at first. We wouldn't be reading this book if we weren't desiring mastery in some respect.

Yet it is presented in a way that encourages the reader. Yes, it will take a long time to attain mastery, but he shows why this is the only way and the best way. He reminds us the journey and the destination are non-different and leaves us looking forward to engaging in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the Path 28 Oct 1998
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George Leonard may have used Akido as a masterful allusion of life, or any real challenge in it, but his lessons are universal. Being a three time survivor of brain surgery, I have applied his teachings toward mastering my own path and use his terminology regularly. His explanation of homeostasis and how it prevents us from making definitive change in our lives is the essence of the book. Mastering a change in homeostasis is, in fact, what it's really all about. This book will literally change your life and how you see the things in it. Get on your Path, whatever that is.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Leonard tells us that when we decide to become very good at
something, whether it is sport, technical endevour, or
whatever, the keys are to locate someone that is already
good at that and get advice - basically the apprentice
system. Then practice, practice, practice. He gives examples
from pro baseball - many top stars weren't that good as kids
but had a deep desire to succeed and thru long practice,
surpassed the more naturally gifted players.

So there's hope for you and me.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH THE WAIT! 16 Jan 2003
Having read "The Way of Aikido" three times, I was eager to read "Mastery", but had to wait for it to come into stock. Having obtained it, I read it twice in fairly quick succession, and can say that it was without doubt worth the wait!
Rather than being of the super-enthusiastic change-your-life-in-a-flash genre, this book carefully analyses the steps required to achieve any specific goal, realistically analyses the reasons why goals are so often not achieved, and emphasises the need for long term commitment to learning and practice.
I am especially drawn to the author's emphasis on enjoying the journey as much as the destination, and his observation that the most boring thing of all is to be constantly searching for novelty and superficial stimulation.
This is a deeply satisfying book, and an excellent companion to "The Way of Aikido".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mastery explained 20 Oct 2009
By Phil
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Honest, real and so easy to read. I read the whole thing over an italian meal while working away. Are you a dabbler, a hacker or an obsessive? I worked out straight away that I was a dabbler and it has helped informed my thinking about quite a few areas. Very realistic indeed. If you are serious about mastery a good buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mastery 3 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After the excellent 'Way of Aikido' I found 'Mastery' to be a bit of a let down. It didn't seem very coherent and took a whole book to say what could have been expressed in an article or essay. Considering this is based on an article the author wrote you can see why this would be. The ideas aren't especially original or new and if you've read other management or martial arts books then these ideas will have been expressed before and often in a clearer way. My advice would be to buy and read 'Way of Aikido' which is great, but you can miss this and not be too worried.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The antidote to 'Get somewhere quick' nonsense 26 Sep 2008
By William
This book was recommended reading for developing 'potential leaders' from my erstwhile, fad-centered, American employer, so my expectations were low. When I saw it was written by someone who was into the totally alien world of martial arts, my expectations fell lower still.
But in fact it's a really simple, sensible book about gradual and long-term development, being prepared to listen to someone else, taking your time, always looking to be better.
As someone versed in the Christian monastic way, I was struck by the parallels with the Rule of Benedict. Here is a practical reflection on stabilitas and the journey.
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