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Summary

We hear that we must be passionate about only one thing, that 10,000 hours of hard practice is needed to achieve mastery. But in fact most successful people, including Nobel Prize winners, nurture multiple areas of knowledge and activity that feed their central subject.

Whether it's making a perfect soufflé, dancing a tango or lighting a fire, when we take the time to cultivate small and quantifiable areas of expertise, we change everything. We become faster and more fearless learners, spot more creative opportunities, improve our brain health and boost our happiness. We see knowledge itself completely differently. The skills acquired in painting a door flawlessly or growing delicious chilies will unexpectedly transform your life.

So start small. Start specific. But start - and you'll be on the path to mastery.

©2017 Robert Twigger (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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This is immediately going on replay because it was a great book great listen and has really got me thinking now .....

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Amazing book

Excellent narration, great subject, lots of fun to listen to.

Fairly simple concept but presented in an informative way with examples of micromasteries to inspire or to be getting on with. The light easy style hides the true depth of this way of thinking. This is definitely a book I will be listening to multiple times. It's not a traditional 'self help' book but it provides a polymathic tenplate for life that may lead to a genuine paradigm shift.

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Not much substance

Interested in the idea of the book, and I know the author can write well - angry white pyjamas was excellent - but feel like this might have been written to order as a "self help" book.
Despite starting off by saying it's not about "hacks", that's exactly what it then becomes about, instead of the original idea of mastering small things for their own sake.

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A good listen but not great

It's a good idea but I feel it probably works better in print.

I just wish he would do audio versions of "Angry white Pajamas" or "Big snake" these would work better as an audiobook.

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Novelty

I enjoyed this book and it is an interesting idea. It starts an ends talking about what a micromastery is, but most chapters are just suggestions for ones to try. This book could be improved with a more academic approach to detailing why it's worth pursuing and an online community led repository of suggestions and resources for enriching your life though short bursts of learning... otherwise, it's just musing.

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No Chapter Titles? Lots of ideas - no way to see their subject

A lovely book of great information. Half way through the Audible boom, and the halter Titles of all the subjects of mastery (surfing, aloof, sushi making, etc.) are missing!

Annoying since I’d like to know what each micro mastery appeals to me... so I skipped most of these... poor user experience.

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Some great learnings via real examples

Great narrator. Good depth in the human nature of learning and getting better at something. I found the first part of the book insightful and the middle part too lengthy but with good real life example that brought it all to life.

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failed to convince

struggled to finish. concept was interesting from the outset but then as more and more examples were cited, it became convoluted, overly simplified and less convincing as it went on

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Great concept BUT

...the first and last third of the book is excellent. Gave me great inspiration for learning new skills. The basic concept is that one should keep learning new and new stuff no matter how unrelated those are. Mastering the skills is not required you'll learn a lot anyway. Sadly, the main part of the book just lists ideas for micromasteries which is unnecessary. 3-5 examples should have been enough... not this many. Anyway it's a great book I liked it.

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Great book. Exceptionally worthwhile

The first half of this book was really very good. The second was a list of examples. Some of which could be skipped.