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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452267560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452267565
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pracitcal wisdom in George Leonard's book will have a great influence for many years to come. --Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Future of the Body Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of ai

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Crowther on 21 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By A Customer on 10 Jun. 1996
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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 By Mike Fitzgerald on 16 Jan. 2003
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2008
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 20 Oct. 2009
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William on 26 Sept. 2008
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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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By Mark Heller on 11 Feb. 2014
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Very much enjoyed reading this book, and it was quite motivational. However, other than the mastery curve ('love the plateau!') I didn't feel I got a life changing amount out of it...
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