From the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Powerand 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.
This book is really good and deserves to be read.45
Changed my life, I had never heard words put together in this way before and it was profound.55
Very nice book, a good read for those of us who need a bit of inspiration and to believe in themselves. A lot of us forget or discard the fact that we might have unique talents that need to be developed and used in order to us to flourish, this books helps you exploit and make the best of your talents.45
Just Amazing, I love Robert Greene. Thank you for this great book.55
I love reading Robert Greene’s insightful perspective on the human mind. I’ve encounterd Buddhism in 1994 and so much of this book relates to my understanding of the philosophy of Buddhism. In that, the mind fluctuates and is constantly in motion. It is only when we focus and make a determination, and difficult goals, the cerebral cortex gets into high gear and allows it’s 16 billion neurons to move into aligning its neurons to connect and gets us into high gear and fixes problems, comes up with solutions, high-tales us into motion and gets what we want done. Mia in Los Angeles.55
A complete Masterpiece. Best inspirational goodreads among "how to make things happen from A to Z"55
An excellent book on how to achieve mastery and why we should strive for such a worthy goal. By looking at the lives of various masters throughout history as well as modern masters common patterns emerge. One can see that all of these masters spent a great deal of time learning their craft, thinking, forming connections between various fields and over coming obstacle- something that everyone can and should do if they want to be successful.55
A wealth of inspiration and practical knowledge for any student of success. I recommend it for anyone who is trying to find their way in life or for those who have found such a way and want to know how best to navigate it. Amazing book!55
Seldom have I had the pleasure of finding and reading such an insightful book. The three sections in the Introduction, "The Ultimate Power; The Evolution of Mastery; and The Keys to Mastery" cogently outline the direction the author intends to take us. The reader is advised that it is a mistake to consider this to be a book of pithy sayings and homilies. Nothing could be further from the truth. In essence, this book is a roadmap for the common person to explore himself, or herself, and to look deeply into the lives of such masters as: Leonardo da Vinci, Alfred Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Buckminster Fuller, Benjamin Franklin, Martha Graham, Charles Darwin, Henry Ford, John Keats, Michael Faraday, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carl Jung, Glenn Gould, William Harvey, Richard Wagner, Marcel Proust, Wilbur and Orville Wright, among others, for lessons learned and mistakes to avoid. Each of the six main sections of the book utilized the same structure: the topic, followed by a brief biography of acknowledged masters, and a discussion of the "Keys to Mastery." Section 1, "Discover Your Calling" suggests everyone has a unique gift to offer the world, details how Leonardo da Vinci found his, and follows it with the "keys to mastery," and strategies for finding your life's task. Each succeeding section uses the same outline, e.g., what you need to master a part of your life, how a master did it, and strategies to emulate toward your own mastery. I found section 5 in section 6 to be a most useful exploration of the topics of the creative (emotional) mind and the cognitive (rational) mind. Much of my 34 year career as a psychologist has focused on assisting patients to find a balance between their emotional and their rational minds. Patients whose emotions rule their lives frequently make decisions that are not in their best interest. Assisting them to evaluate their situations by using their rational mind allows them to acknowledge their feelings, yet make rational decisions that have a better chance of succeeding. Patients whose rationality rules their lives frequently make decisions that ignore giving credence to their emotions. Assisting them to incorporate the legitimacy of their feelings allows them to become more fully a human being. Even Star Trek's Mr. Spock had his emotional moments. To put it into more historical perspectives, René DesCartes's (1596-1650) conjecture that "Cogito Ergo Sum,” translated as "I think, therefore I am," was, in my opinion, only half right. For example, if I pinch your arm really hard, are you going to have to think to know you're alive? Or is it equally valid to say "I feel, therefore I am?" Similarly, Aristotle (384-322), in creating the taxonomy of animal species, said, “Man is the rational animal.” Personally, I think Aristotle had it backward. “Man is not the rational animal,” it seems to me that “Man is the animal that rationalizes.” We do what we feel like doing, then we come up with reasons to justify having done it. One cannot ignore one at the expense of the other, in either direction. Robert Greene’s book, Mastery, is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying, which, I surmise, is what he intended. Therefore, I highly recommend this book to anyone who, in the context of the Declaration of Independence, is in “pursuit of happiness."55
Greenes most intensive book, I feel, of all four he's written. Really detailed on the journeys of each subject.55