Mastery by Robert Greene

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    From the bestselling author of the 48 Laws of power and the laws of human Nature a vital work revealing that the secret to mastery is already within you.
    Each one of us has within us the potential to be a master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen submit to a rigorous apprenticeship absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein Charles Darwin Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book.

    The bestseller author of the 48 laws of power the Art of Seduction, and the 33 Strategies of War Robert Greene has spent a lifetime studying the laws of power. Now he shares the secret path to greatness.With this seminal text as a guide readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.

    Publisher: Penguin publishing group.
    Publication date: 10, 29, 2013.


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    About the Author

    Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books including the 48 laws of Power  the 33 strategies of war the art of seduction and mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

    Editorial Reviews

    Greene’s specialty is analyzing the lives and philosophies of historical figures like Sun Tzu and Napoleon  and extracting from them tips on how to manipulate people and situations a cutthroat worldview that has earned him a devoted following among a like minded readership of rappers  drug dealers and corporate executives. The New York times

    Compelling. Forbes

    Illuminating. The Guardian

    From the Publisher
    We are born masters but sometimes especially during the trials of adulthood we need external guidance to reach our potential says bestselling author Greene the 48 laws of power. His description of mastery is reminiscent of what positive psychologists describe as flow  a state that feels effortless once achieved. Yet mastery requires work. Greene outlines the process in nearly 50 steps  with several overarching themes  retaining a child's sense of wonder  learning from other masters  and avoiding financially motivated goals. The steps are interspersed with the stories of people who have famously achieved success  the wright brothers Benjamin Franklin Thomas Edison  mozart temple grandin  and many more. Relatively few of these examples are contemporary  which poses the question of whether such mastery is possible in our current economic and profit driven environment. And 48 steps are a little much for even the mastery oriented mind  and Greene's presentation is disjointed and occasionally confusing. But what this book lacks in clarity it makes up for in its stories and persistent encouragement the inspiration that is essential for anybody who strives to live a full mastered life. Agent Michael Carlisle inkwell management. 
    Publishers weekly

    Want to be the master of your universe  greene shows you how by looking at the folks who have done it before you from middling student charles darwin to Temple grandin  henry ford and more. Since greene's books e.g. The 48 laws of power have sold more than a million copies he must have something to say to folks out there.

    Library Journal

    Greene the 33 strategies of war 2007 etc  believes that genius can be learned if we pay attention and reject social conformity. The author suggests that our emergence as a species with stereoscopic frontal vision and sophisticated hand eye coordination gave us an advantage over earlier humans and primates because it allowed us to contemplate a situation and ponder alternatives for action. This along with the advantages conferred by mirror neurons which allow us to intuit what others may be thinking contributed to our ability to learn  pass on inventions to future generations and improve our problem solving ability. Throughout most of human history  we were hunter gatherers and our brains are engineered accordingly. The author has a jaundiced view of our modern technological society which he writes encourages quick rash judgments. We fail to spend the time needed to develop thorough mastery of a subject. Greene writes that every human is  born unique  with specific potential that we can develop if we listen to our inner voice. He offers many interesting but tendentious examples to illustrate his theory including Einstein Darwin Mozart and Temple Grandin. In the case of darwin greene ignores the formative intellectual influences that shaped his thought including the discovery of geological evolution with which he was familiar before his famous voyage. The author uses Grandin's struggle to overcome autistic social handicaps as a model for the necessity for everyone to create a deceptive social mask.Readers unfamiliar with the anecdotal material Greene presents may find interesting avenues to pursue but they should beware of the author's quirky sometimes misleading brush stroke characterizations.
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