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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178125091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781250914
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction (both from Profile), has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.

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'Live by your own rules' - Robert Greene, the 'modern Machiavelli' debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness.

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Mastery is a practical guide to achieving great success in your chosen path or career in life. Robert Greene describes a detailed journey of focus and commitment so intense, - that you cannot fail in reaching your full creative potential should you choose to embark on this mission of discovery.
The greatest Masters of all time are studied by Greene not in their achievements but in how they achieved them. This book will re-focus you on your destiny and prove along the way that Mastery is not a mysterious and complex phenomenon, - but a demonstration of dedication and tireless commitment to your passion.
There are 6 chapters covering the ascent to Mastery which serve as a detailed manual in developing key skills needed to attain supreme power in your chosen field:
1. Discover your calling – Greene describes the emotional highs of following your passion and why listening to your inner voice will lead on to your destined path to becoming a master in your work.
2. The Ideal Apprenticeship- “Consider the roles you lead in your career as Apprenticeships”. This phase goes through the various elements of transformation in the mind when a person is continually learning and developing.
3. The Mentor Dynamic – The mentor –protégé relationship is the most efficient and productive form of learning. Greene analyses the process and drives home the importance of having the right mentor in your life, what to look for in a mentor, how to attract them and when to leave them.
4. Social Intelligence – “Often the greatest Obstacle to our pursuit of Mastery comes from the emotional drain we experience in dealing with the resistance and manipulations of the people around us.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on 2 Mar. 2013
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Greene is a devoted researcher and a master of the historical anecdote. In this book, he tells some very interesting stories about some very interesting people (Einstein, Mozart etc.) If you like the author and his style, you may enjoy this book.

However, I wouldn't recommend this as a serious advice book. It's extremely long and Greene's list of things you 'must do' numbers in the hundreds. This is not a practical guide to mastery; it is just a very long book with some interesting ideas and inspiring stories.

If you want a more practical, clearer guide to mastery, I highly recommend George Leonard's Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. O'regan on 16 Jun. 2015
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Hi Guys,

I listen to this in audiobook format after recommendation from a friend.

** Good points **
Personally I found it very useful because I often have creative ideas/instincts/behaviours. I previously thought I was a bit 'off the wall' and sometimes different from others in some ways, this book talks about processes of creativity deeply. Some of which are simple and I do automatically, E.g. when you go for a walk you often get your great ideas, answers to a problem. Others were more deep, e.g. following your intuition/instinct is very often the path you should be following and he gave nice examples to illustrate.

** Bad points **
A minor annoyance, was the author often used the same examples up repeatedly throughout the book again and reintroduced the person.
eg Sally was a metal work artist, nobody believed she could make heavy metal statues because she was a girl.. Author will explain a point, then a few chapters later reintroduce Sally and half repeat exactly the same thing in different words, but then add another new idea.
I get what he was trying to do, but found it slightly annoying and got confused initially thinking 'hadn't he already talked about this person?'

Also, some of his ideas I didn't totally agree with, e.g. talking about how Google beat Yahoo and dominated search engines, and explained why, because e.g. they were doing x,y and z differently. But I felt that this 'backtracking is easy to do in hindsight. Actually , sometimes a few different twists of fate and it could have been Yahoo or someone else on top, sometimes the thing that made one company more successful over another was not the things the author emphasised but could easily have been a completely different set of circumstance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on 23 Dec. 2013
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I feel I need to highly recommend an amazing book. For anyone that struggles with any kind of creativity, on a daily basis, this book is very inspiring. To stay motivated is always difficult, we all reach plateaus. This book uses real life examples of those who achieved mastery through sheer hard work -is there any other way? - Everyone from Mozart, Faraday, Leonardo da Vinci and Darwin has undertaken this process, he advocates the (now disparaged) apprenticeship system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith on 13 Feb. 2014
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Robert Greene has always had the knack for cutting through the proverbial cheese. His writing is thought provoking in a way that I find typically unrivalled, and he is able to put into words those things that you have a general feeling about, but couldn't ever 'firm up'. I bought this book because I absolutely loved his 48 Laws work - which I thought was a masterpiece. Sinister at times, but true none-the-less. The stories in Mastery were extremely well researched, and linked well to what he was teaching. The steps through Mastery are laid bare in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed what he had to say. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I thought it got slightly repetitive towards the end, a little bit of a 'filler'. But that does not take away from the fantastic work right through the book. Another well written piece, which gave me the conviction that we can all achieve Mastery in our fields of expertise - if only we follow the process as so many who have gone before us have.
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