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Summary

Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, best-selling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives.

Whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life.

In Mastery, you'll discover:

  • The five essential keys to mastery
  • Tools for mastery
  • How to master your athletic potential
  • The three personality types that are obstacles to mastery
  • How to avoid pitfalls along the path
  • And more
©1991 George Leonard (P)2018 Tantor

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Very lightweight, no real advice nor deep thoughts

Not sure why people give 5 stars score. It’s very lightweight book. There are merely a thoughts about approach to success then keys.

Would you see the advice to get more sleep as ground breaking news?

Author talks a lot about his Aikido lessons and how you need to practice and be humble to evolve. A bit about his students at flight school when he put more attention to skilled and less to mediocre.

At the end talks through some breathing exercises - pointless.

The only useful thoughts from this 3 hour read is that if you would like to start to master your skills then you need to remember

A) that it takes time to learn an practice and we live in times when adverts, movies etc shows us that it can be achieve almost instantly, which can be demotivating

B) during your way to your mastery you will get stuck and it will take longer chunks of time to move to another level - but there is no advice how to over come those and keep in mind that all the book is like that - lightweight.

Summary: in 1991 it could be not bad book but in 2019 it simply is not good enough.

There is much more useful content in Brian Tracey productions.

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Too much 70s hippy kungfu, not enough mastery

Very disappointed. I had heard good things about this book. The first couple of chapters are interesting, but it's quickly evident that he has nothing of value to say.

To spare you buying the book, all you need to know is: "Practice". When you plateau, enjoy it for its own sake, not what it brings. Don't worry, you'll get there.

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Great listen. recommend for personal development

Great theory and ideas be hide always be willing to learn and never think you know it all. I like how the book was layed out and the connection with akido

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Incredible

This book was recommended to me by my mentor. It is a must have for any aspiring master! Simply incredible and a book you can revisit again and again.

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Quick, interesting, and insightful.

Interesting quick read, with several insights on walking the path of mastery. Recommended to anyone interested in personal growth.

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great

a wise book providing many insights into what must be undergone in the path towards true mastery. I am feeling prepared to undertake my journey.

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  • planz
  • 16-07-18

life changing

It's all obvious statements, but I can only say that after hearing it. Great book!

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  • cjkliemann
  • 24-03-19

thank you.

I enjoyed listening to this book. I started listening when I had a very long commute. i finished days later with only listening when I drove. I heard some things that kept me processing the message through out the day.

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  • Karelab
  • 23-10-18

Fundamental book for achievers

Great book providing radically different perspective compared to media. It gave me a fresh view how to look on my life and what I want to achieve. I will never look at masters the same way and I want to become one!

#Inspiring #Fundamental #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-19

Nice book must read

like the book, while reading it, was looking back at my self, and realized what I should do when learning new skill.

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  • Jonathan
  • 28-02-21

30 years old

I enjoyed the briefness and simplicity. Many familiar ideas if you’ve read about mastery in more recent books: Journey not destination, resistance, beginner’s mindset, and grit.

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  • Brandy Martinez
  • 02-02-21

Good message, not a fan of the delivery

Resonated with general message but too much law of attraction and Chi talk at end.

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  • grace
  • 25-01-21

A must for all those who want their ability rise t

I literally listened it in two days. Offers great sequence on how to achive the patch of mastery and stay in it. I think its necessary literatura for any athlete or artist. Or anyone who wants to accomplish something

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  • JG
  • 23-12-20

Stay humble.

Lots of takeaways from this book. One is in my headline. Another is an observation Ive made my self as a teacher. Fear or looking like a fool can hinder you growth/potential. Ill definitely have to circle back to this book occassionally to get the most out of it. The narrarator did a really good job too!

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  • A new man
  • 14-12-20

Must Read

This book is essential for everyone. Just read it, listen and embody the ideas of practice.

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  • neelma gill
  • 08-12-20

Fantastic book, great narration

Really amazing book, I love the stories and examples. The narrator did an excellent job as well.