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Summary

Around the globe, people are facing the same problem - that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. To see our uniqueness expressed in our achievements, we must first learn the rules - and then how to change them completely. 

Charles Darwin began as an underachieving schoolboy, Leonardo da Vinci as an illegitimate outcast. The secret of their eventual greatness lies in a 'rigorous apprenticeship': by paying close and careful attention, they learnt to master the 'hidden codes' which determine ultimate success or failure. Then, they rewrote the rules as a reflection of their own individuality, blasting previous patterns of achievement open from within. 

Told through Robert Greene's signature blend of historical anecdote and psychological insight and drawing on interviews with world leaders, Mastery builds on the strategies outlined in The 48 Laws of Power to provide a practical guide to greatness - and how to start living by your own rules. 

©2012 Robert Greene (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Mastery through case studies, but not a "how to".

Firstly, the recording was a little "harsh" with sibilance and could do with some "De-essing" as it was quite distracting and sometimes piercing!

As for the book, a wonderful collection of the stories and theories behind mastery but not much of a how to book.

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Another Great book by R.Greene

Robert Greene really delves in to detail of each tale, in an amazing way, Mastery is no exception. As luck would have it,I knew a few stories in the book already and the info was bag on, so I assume the rest is. I have also 3 Job disaplines, 2 of which have been life long studies, which in truth has fed my curiosity more than my belly. However, it has been worth it. Frok my experiance the journey of mastery is explored perfectly (if possible) in this book.

Better to wear than rust. - Napoleon Bonaparte

This is about becoming a master in a discipline and or practice. If you are looking for 10 steps to success this is not the book. If wand you understand the thinking behind mastery, this is perfect. Either way worth a read.

I hope you enjoy.

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Extremely Insightful and Useful

I will be purchasing a physical copy of this book because it is great to go over and implement the knowledge this book holds, if you truly listen and read correctly you could change your life for the better with this incredible work from Robert Greene!

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The most inspiring book in a long time

As a fan of Robert Greene's work, Mastery stands out as perhaps the most truly thought provoking exploration of an idea yet. While other Robert Greene books, brilliant in themselves, examine examples around a surrounding idea, Mastery presents the most unique exploration of an idea out of all his works.
The simple premise of Mastery is that the Masters in history, be they Einstein, Da Vinci, Mozart or Darwin, were no more talented than the average person, they didn't have uniquely wired brains, rather, they chose the appropriate passion and chose the appropriate circumstances to let that passion flourish, thereby achieving Mastery.
Greene contends that a unique application of their talent was necessary to achieve Mastery. For example, Mozart was under parental pressure to become a Concert Pianist, rather than a composer, because the former profession was by far the most lucrative. Had he done so, he could have indeed been a concert pianist, but he would have been playing other people's music, and would never have been the Mozart forever remembered by history.
Robert Greene hypothesizes that there are both ways to Mastery and obstacles to Mastery. The way is finding the passion, something that generates interest and fascination, and a subsequent apprenticeship allowing the skill to develop, and eventually, for the apprentice to become their own person and develop mastery.
Obstacles are silencing the voice, due to either peer or parental pressure, opportunities that bring more money and less satisfaction, or denying the possibility of mastery through erroneous beliefs such as not having the right ability or make up.
Mastery is a highly inspiring work, and one that is perfect for instilling inspiration, enthusiasm and self confidence. Highly recommended.

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Well Recommended

Hard struggle to get through the first chapter where it's telling. history of the people it later talks about I. various parts of the book. I would suggest to skip it because you get their stories in context of the lessons learned rather than just hearing about the without that context. The book ignores some modern discoveries o how the mind and brain work and is a little dated with its depths of evolution. However it has some really good nuggets.

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the great book I've ever read/listened to

if you only read/listen to one book in your life time make it this one

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Interesting but too much detail

An interesting listen but for me it was way too long. Not enough insightful content, although there is some abs just too much detail on each of the people referenced. If you come at this audible book hoping for some interesting stories of great Masters in their field then you will love it. If you are looking for help or guidance on how to improve in the field of Mastery, like me, you may find yourself struggling to get to the end and switching to other books to break it up.

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Amazing book

Terrific book. I wish I read this when I was 14. Simply breaks down how hard work pay off by working smartly. Several concepts I’ve experienced, seen or heard of, yet never understood in such a clear way. Definitely re-listening in the future!

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A must read

I believe everyone should read this amazing book, the moment you learn to master your mind and life you'll find true happiness and freedom.....

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Great stories but very repetitive

This 16 hour book is over in 4 and then repeated 4 times with very little nuance.

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  • 18-10-20

Enlightening

This book has been my "Black Bible" for many years and honestly has given me more understanding of the path I walk, with every passing year I understand different depth of the information... A modern day Bible for the "modern day renaissance man"... Thank you Robert Greene 🙏

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  • M.Shamsia
  • 18-01-22

very informative, could be more concise

I thoroughly enjoyed the first half or third of the book but struggled through the remainder of it as thing were repeated too many times in multiple chapters, and some ideas were lingered on for far too long. Yet the first half was enthralling and full of interesting ideas

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  • Samer
  • 26-09-21

Fantastic book

I am so excited to listen to (read) it again and I will soon

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  • 09-09-21

Great book, great listen

Such a motivating book, with great insights. A good read for anyone looking to reach their potential in some shape or form.

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  • Tennis Apprentice
  • 29-07-21

Brilliant narration and fabulous anecdotes

Having listened to a lot of audio books I have suffered through some good content badly narrated. This is not one of those, the narrator does an exceptional job in my opinion, his pronunciation of non English names is outstanding, his cadence and intonation really do the text justice.

As to the text, it is substantial, and very well structured. I didn’t always appreciate the obvious obsession with evolutionary principles, almost to a doctrinal level, it seemed a bit over the top - almost like a fundamentalist preacher about evolution and atheism. However I think the author handles the subject of mastery very adeptly, and for anyone intent on mastering their craft, this is well worth a listen. For the richness of the biographical accounts alone, it is time very well spent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-21

You can never miss with Robert Greene

Great book, even better listen. Fred Sanders did a remarkable job especially when it came to the story telling that's in the book. All in all great book

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  • Gabriel Malan
  • 14-04-21

Profound wisdom

A must listen for anybody serious about mastering any aspect of life.
Very well narrated.

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  • 17-03-21

Loved it, very useful

Thank you again, Robert Greene! Another awesome book that has and will change my life.

Read it, folks. You'll be so grateful that invested the time and the credit.

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  • BillionaireManzi
  • 20-12-20

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A bit repetitive but packs a lot of good information to get you thinking fast

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  • Isaiah
  • 03-11-20

Great book

this was great, very insightful on the arts of mastery and understanding what it takes to be and become a master