Book review: "Mastery" by Robert Greene

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This book is a masterpiece. It's about how to achieve mastery in your work and in your life. I would pay $10,000 to be able to give this book to a 16-year-old me. The lessons of this book could have saved me countless hours of wasted time spent on fruitless activities.

Greene has investigated the lives of dozens of masters, (including the likes of Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mozart) systematically analyzing the habits, traits, and attitudes that lead to their greatness, and he distills all of them down into principles that anyone can emulate.

He also looked at the lives of unlikely masters, whose achievements seemed impossible given their disabilities and impairments. One such master is Temple Grandin, who went from being an autistic child that struggled to learn language, to being a professor of animal science who revolutionized the field. Greene shows how Grandin overcame the crippling social ineptitude, caused by her autism, that almost destroyed her career. The message is clear: you have more potential than you think you have. If Grandin can transform her life, you can too.

The central message of Greene's book is that masters are not born they are made--and that anyone can tap into the powers that these masters have. There are universal characteristics that all these masters share that can be mimicked by anyone.

This book will inspire you to work harder than you ever thought possible. It will give you faith that prodigious achievement can be had by anyone who is willing to thoroughly give themselves to their work. It also shows you how to find your "Life Purpose," which is the critical step in achieving mastery. This is the single most transformative book I've ever read.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehuff
    That's cool, this book keeps coming up "recommended" for me in amazon. Keep almost buying it, but I think I will actually after this. Can't have too many books like these on the shelf. Got a fair amount of similar ones now, but not fun to read the same book over and over.
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      • Profile picture of the author mikehuff
        Originally Posted by jokerthief View Post

        Could you name a few? I'm always looking for good books to read.
        Sure thing, everybody knows Think and Grow Rich and for good reason. Ultimate Power by Tony Robbins is great, but honestly a little "sciency" for my taste from time to time. There are some others, but the one I REALLY stand by right now is The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell. It's amazing. Highly, highly recommended.

        The part that hooked me was right there in the first chapter when he covered "The Law of Diminishing Intent." For anybody not familiar(I wasn't), it states that the longer you put off doing something that you should do RIGHT NOW, the less likely you'll ever do it. For a major procrastinator like me, it was huge to be able to put a label on that.

        Check it out.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by jokerthief View Post

        Could you name a few? I'm always looking for good books to read.
        In an attempt to repay you for your book recommendation, here are a couple books I read recently that I enjoyed. They are also about success.

        The Go-Giver by John David Mann
        Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker
        Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
        The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
        The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

        The last two are older books that have stood the test of time. The others are not new, but you shouldn't have any trouble finding them.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    I have read it and I have to say it was a fantastic read and definitely recommended to anyone here.
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  • Profile picture of the author conanedo
    Wow look's very interesting i should check at amazon. thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    Thanks for posting this review. I devoured his book "48 Laws of Power" and "Seduction" and have been thinking about whether to invest into this one. I think I learned more about human behavior, persuasion and motivation from this guy than anyone else. He's so raw and real and not everything he says is nice and positive, but when you honestly consider it, he's right. Many of the personal growth teachers are idealists and ignore the dark side of human behavior and motivation.

    Thanks again, to everyone, for the input. I'm looking forward to checking this one out too.
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  • Profile picture of the author rolough
    I just picked up the 4 Hour Chef by Tim Ferris.

    I love Robert Greene. Maybe I'll pick this book up after I'm done Ferris's
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    This book is definitely worth picking up and reading and rereading again and again. Its central message that we are all hardwired for mastery is an inspiring message. However, it also flies in the face of the 'instant gratification' mindset these days of people seeking bright shiny objects. What Greene argues is that mastery only comes to those willing to put in the hours and hours of work to get to the highest point of intelligence in whatever field we are in.
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    • Profile picture of the author NewRiseDigital
      Definitely agree Marcus, Robert Greene's Mastery is a comprehensive book, it does go over (in a different way) old ground that the evergreens such as Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy etc have been publishing for years, however sometimes one author will particularly resonate with you. I do like the way Mastery is laid out though, although I'm reading an uncorrected proof copy.

      Definitely agree that after many hours of studying those that are doing well in the internet business arena that the one thing that is key to success is persistence, persistence and more persistence. Mastery definitely comes through thousands of hours of focussed attention (which is why only 2% of society are at the top, the rest hit the wall and decide success is not for them).
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