Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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He did become a lawyer--a prominent and successful one--but I think back to our conversation in 1986 and wonder whether he has second thoughts (God knows I do).

Apparently stagnating for longer periods of time is normal and should be embraced as part of a larger picture. Simply describing what's wrong with your life to a good friend is likely to make you feel better and more energetic. The idea of a Life's Task brought to mind a comparison with Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss, which is also concerned with helping one find one's life mission. But if human beings really are just naked apes, then Machiavelli is exactly whom you need to get to the top of the pile. The greatest mistake you can make in the initial months of your apprenticeship is to imagine that you have to get attention, impress people, and prove yourself.Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes. Man has at various times been defined as a building animal, a working animal, and a fighting animal, but all of these definitions are incomplete and finally false.

Value learning over money: Einstein working at the patent office to give himself time to work on his thought experiments. Porque ese momento es efímero, mientras que todo el camino que recorriste para llegar ahí es eterno. The way of mastery is NOT the way of complacency however, for it stands opposite of those who dabble, obsess, and hack away at things. It might well be, in fact, that much of the world's depression and discontent, and perhaps even a good share of the pervasive malaise that leads to crime and war, can ultimately be traced to our unused energy, our untapped potential.The feeling that we have endless time to complete our work has an insidious and debilitating effect on our minds. What this book isn't: A manual on how to change your life and be the person you've always wanted to be.

You don’t want to start with something too lofty, too ambitious— you need to make a living and establish some confidence. His wisdom is captured in this small book for anyone who is willing to read and follow him as a guide. George Leonard's Mastery is a one of the most insightful and practical books which can show you how can you become a master of any field that you choose. But mastery isn't reserved for the supertalented or even for those who are fortunate enough to have gotten an early start. Since I read this more for knowledge than for practice, I hope to reread this soon with application in mind and will review my ratings then.

Just think what kind of world it would be if we all realized that we could be powerful in everything we do without being tense and rigid. All of us have foolish sides, moments in which we lose our heads and think more of our ego or short-term goals. In Mastery’s case, Greene clearly believes it crucial that we all become Masters of our skills for our planet’s future.

In the end, your goal is to identify and pierce through to what makes people unique, to understand the character and values that lie at their cores. At a couple of points I felt that he might be contradicting himself when he stresses how long it takes to get through the steps to mastery. 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.

The author defining mastery as a journey takes us in a journey within his book explaining the 5 keys of mastery in part 2 the actual essence of the book after giving an interesting part 1 on the concept in general describing how other paths contrary to mastery are followed with their negative impact on the individual and society as a whole. My first awareness of this book came a couple of years ago when I heard the soundbite that it takes 10,000 hours of practice at something to achieve mastery of it. Instead you want to see your work as something more inspiring, as part of your vocation… Your work then is something connected deeply to who you are, not a separate compartment in your life. The principle is simple and must be engraved deeply in your mind: the goal of an apprenticeship is not money, a good position, a title, or a diploma, but rather the transformation of your mind and character— the first transformation on the way to mastery… This has a simple consequence: you must choose places of work and positions that offer the greatest possibilities for learning… This means that you move toward challenges that will toughen and improve you, where you will get the most objective feedback on your performance and progress. Occupy the perfect niche: Find where your interests align in a field to identify a particular niche that you can dominate.

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