- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Life (23 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241280044
- ISBN-13: 978-0241280041
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.6 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Micromastery: 39 Little Skills to Help You Find Happiness Hardcover – 23 May 2017
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Brilliant. . . . mastering a series of small tasks has created pockets of perfection through my day, and made me calmer and happier in the process (Rachel Kelly, author of 'Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness')
Micromastery is a triumph. A brilliant idea, utterly convincing, and superbly carried through. I read it with delight, and instantly vowed to put more conviction into the latest thing I'm trying... You're on to a winner here (Philip Pullman, author of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy)
I couldn't stop telling people about this book. Wise and joyful, it genuinely changed the way I thought about learning - and it left me bursting to put it into action (Tim Harford, author of 'Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy')
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'Micromastery is a triumph. I read it with delight, and instantly vowed to put more conviction into the latest thing I'm trying, which is using a plectrum when I play the guitar'
'A brilliantly smart, cunningly simple idea. Conquering every skill, talent, and life hack in seconds is what the modern man yearns for'
Jim Allen, MD, RDF Television
'Robert Twigger is an inspiring author. Read this book!'
Nick Hodgson, Kaiser Chiefs
'Brilliant. . . . mastering a series of small tasks has created pockets of perfection through my day, and made me calmer and happier in the process'
Rachel Kelly, author of Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness
We are often told that that we must be passionate about only one thing: that 10,000 hours of hard practice is needed to achieve mastery. But in fact most highly successful people, including Nobel Prize winners, spend their free time learning new skills and activities.
Whether it's making a perfect soufflé, painting a door or lighting a fire, when we take the time to cultivate small areas of expertise, we change everything. We become more fearless learners, spot more creative opportunities, improve our brain health and boost our wellbeing. We see knowledge itself completely differently.
So start small. Start specific. But start - and you'll be on the path to mastery.See all Product description
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This way is by mastering particular skills - making the perfect omelette, or juggling four balls - which are pleasing in themselves but also bring achievement, satisfaction, pride, stimulation and form the foundation for so much more. "Lay a brick wall" is another micromastery. I've always been impressed that Winston Churchill had this skill. I can attest to the pleasure and confidence that comes with mastering the eskimo roll in a kayak - one of my own few micromasteries.
And Micromastery is not just Twigger's pet theory; we learn for instance that Nobel Prize winners, rather than obsessing solely about their subject, are very likely to have a range of skills in side interests as well.
After laying out his ideas, Twigger then gives us a selection of micromasteries we could try, though the sense of the book is very much to get people to go away and find their own skills to master. (I'm learning to play Blowing in the Wind on the harmonica.)
I bought Micromastery after enjoying Twigger's quirky book on the power of walking ("Walk!"). Micromastery is an even more potent, more original - and equally accessible - approach to finding additional fulfilment, purpose and happiness in life. It reminded me of how happy I was to master tying a Tuareg headscarf. These skills may seem small and they are not difficult to learn, but they vault you into new spheres of connection with different parts of life.
His books Walk (made me start walking of course) and Zenslacker, (when in a self critical mood) are similar in that way that they make me/you feel happy. Both on Kindle only
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