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  • Understanding the Path to Mastery
  • By: Roger Kneebone
  • Narrated by: Roger Kneebone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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By: Roger Kneebone
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Summary

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What could a lacemaker have in common with vascular surgeons? A Savile Row tailor with molecular scientists? A fighter pilot with jazz musicians? At first glance, very little. But Roger Kneebone, an expert on experts, has spent his life finding unexpected connections.

Kneebone maps out a path we're all following, whether in our career or any other part of our lives. He shows how you start by 'doing time' as an Apprentice, copying how things are already done. Then you set out on your own as a Journeyman, developing your 'voice' and taking full responsibility for your work, with its successes and inevitable failures. Finally, you become a Master, passing on your knowledge and skill to future generations. Expert explains the internal processes we all have to go through as we edge forwards.

In this groundbreaking book, Kneebone combines his own experiences as a doctor with insights from extraordinary people and cutting-edge research. He tells a story that resonates with us all - the story of how we can become expert. Whether you're developing a new career, studying a language, learning a musical instrument or simply becoming the person you want to be, Expert reveals the path to mastery and shows what lies ahead.

©2020 Roger Kneebone (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Roger Kneebone is a legend." (Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters)

"The doctor stitching together medicine and art." (The Guardian)

"Whisper it quietly, but post COVID-19, there is a growing realisation that experts do matter." (Susan Strandring, King's College London)

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A perfect companion to life long learning

listening to this in Audio allowed the reader to reflect on the words whilst looking at the real world. inspirational.

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Spectacular

Truly interesting and highly enjoyable; inspiring and informative in equal measure. Written and read expertly.

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A humble road to an expert

Great performance by Robert Kneebone, who narrates as himself. Very well written book which is a pleasure to listen to.

The content itself presents a very interesting philosophical look into the journey it takes to become an expert, the different forms it can take, and ultimately why we need them.

A star was held back as I expected the content to be more evidence based, and that I was led to make my own lessons from what I read rather than the authors conclusion guiding me

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excellent

great narrative and thread, a true expert on experts! I'm going to listen again and make notes!

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Affirming if not groundbreaking exploration

Beautiful exploration of what it takes to become any kind of expert with his main model/template being inspired by his training as a doctor and surgeon in the NHS. Apprentice to journeyman to master to teaching juniors to give back. Says there is not shortcut to putting in the time and work.

Also goes into the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration (arts and sciences, humanities and medicine etc.).

However, does not in a detailed way go into the learning process and how creativity works. The mechanics and neuroscience behind expertise is not covered here. It is not a step to step guide to become any expert (which is impossible to have) but a nice reflection on mastery in general in the various fields (with an emphasis on craftsmanship jobs). Does not go into development of tech mastery.

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