- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (Feb. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452267560
- ISBN-13: 978-0452267565
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mastery (Plume) Paperback – 1 Feb 1992
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"George Leonard is a remarkable man who embodies what he teaches: an amazing curiosity, a passionate intelligence, and the rare combination of someone who has both a broad vision and the focused mastery of details." Dean Ornish, New York Times bestselling author of The Spectrum
"If he's right and Leonard has been right so many times about prevailing zeitgeists that you have to wonder if he has a third eye the upcoming decade might be known as the decade of mastery." San Francisco Chronicle
"George Leonard translates the wisdom of Zen into a self-help program for sticking with it whether you want to learn aikido or need support in realizing long-held goals." The New Age Journal"
About the Author
GEORGE LEONARDwas a writer, editor, and educator, who introduced Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice for centering the mind, body, and spirit, to more than 50,000 people in the United States and abroad. He was the author of a number of books on human possibilities and social change, as well as President Emeritus of theEsalen Institute, President of the Association forHumanistic Psychology, and President of ITP International. He died in 2010."
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Book has some useful insights on realities of getting really good at something.
It talks in general term which can be applied to any subject and reinforces with concrete examples; eg referring to sports or music or physics.. and I found easy to relate to my own specific interests.
Book is relatively short, to the point and I found I had faith in the author that he knew what he was on about.
The last chapter I found a bit waffly and less useful eg breathing and 'centering' exercises, but the majority of the book was an interesting and useful read, scattered with a few gems.
For me the most useful points were to get an idea of what I needed to do to progress more on my interests; book emphasised regular consistent practice, also explained that being on a 'plateau' for significant period of time, where you feel you are not progressing, is normal and natural and something to embrace rather than get beat up about.
Overall, if you are interested in getting really good at something, beyond average, I think you will find this short book a helpful guide on your journey!
P.s. let me know if you found this comment useful, I have lots more reviews I can leave on similar books, just takes a bit of time to type but willing to do if helpful!
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".
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.
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.
Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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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An amazing life changing Book, that shows you how to acheive goals and progress while being comitted and happy !!Published 2 months ago by customer
unique in thought, and found lifetime lessons throughout, one of the best books for anybody to readPublished 6 months ago by Khalid
Waste of money. very basic and frankly this is not mastery but common sense. look at other books people.cant believe people like this.Published 7 months ago by AJ
Great book, packed with great information and tips on how to really understand mastery.Published 8 months ago by Chris L.
Good short book, powerful and packed with wisdom on every page.Published 9 months ago by Sean O Donovan
great product as described, great service, fast delivery. would recommend highly A+++Published 12 months ago by Kamaldip Kahlwan