Mastery (The Robert Greene Collection) Paperback – 19 Nov 2012
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'At last, the book to help you scheme your way into the upper echelons of power. Essential rules for the new Machiavellis(Daily Express)
The year's surprise bestseller will doubtless appeal to all armchair megalomaniacs (Daily Mail)
Beguiling ... literate ... fascinating ... a wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top (People)
Machiavelli has a new rival, and Sun-tzu had better watch his back (New York Times)
'Live by your own rules' - Robert Greene, the 'modern Machiavelli' debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
I got a the sample on my ipad, this was enough to make me then get it from my local library. After that, I knew I wanted to own it myself to take my time reading and be able to refer back too. I read a lot, books of all types though I'm not really into 'fiction' ... this book is great... so much tosh coming out from so called lifestyle 'guru's' who are just taking a punt to make a dime... Do yourself a favour, have a look at this book...
Greene's topic is inherently interesting, in the sense that mastery obviously is desirable for many people. Also, to a large degree, Greene achieves the goal he has set for himself. The book is divided into six main chapters, and particularly the later chapters on social intelligence, creativity and intuition are well written and contains useful insights. Furthermore, throughout the book, Greene relates stories from the lives of a series of people having attained mastery in very varied fields such as robotics, painting, piloting and dancing. These stories are among the best parts of the book.
There are multiple aspects of the book, however, which I found seriously aggravating. First, in several of the chapters of the book, in particular in the introduction and in the first two chapters, Greene presents a very simplistic view of human nature, coming up with endless self-help clichés of the type "People get the mind that they deserve through their actions" (p. 14), "You possess a kind of inner force that seeks to guide you toward your Life's Task" (p. 19), "At your birth a seed is planted. That seed is your uniqueness," et cetera. Greene also comes up with some very generalizing and quite unfounded statements about the world such as "We are entering a world in which we can rely less and less upon the state" (p. 28).Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book. It was a long read however I did enjoy having to pay attention to what the author had to say. Read morePublished 16 days ago by PK
Just read this book. It was a very great book. It was very inspiring. I would recommend this to anyone who likes interesting books. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting book exploring the way we acquire skills in life. As well as being thought provoking there any many ideas that can be implemented by anyone wanting to learn a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian Bone
Robert greene is an absolutely great author for self development this is a mustPublished 2 months ago by derek lynch
Great book to read plus have in your library. I just love Robert Greene writing style and how he compiles story from history together with modern day events.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book guide you to find your mastery, I liked and I recommend to anyone that would like to be master in any fieldPublished 3 months ago by Cassio Lacerda