Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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It’s fine to dabble in things here and there, but your true success and fulfillment comes from doing the absolute best you can. It characterizes all self-regulating systems, from a bacterium to a frog to a human individual to a family to an organization to an entire culture—and it applies to psychological states and behavior as well as to physical functioning. He breaks these into specific subtasks or "strategies," each illustrated with case studies from the lives of real masters. It could be in the form of fear of failure, or in the form of disability, or the lack of knowledge we seek but the obstacle in the end is ourselves.

The Fact of Great Yield: “Better to look into ten such facts, with only one yielding a great discovery, than to look into twenty ideas that bring success but have trivial implications. Speak through your work: If you are experiencing the pressures of political maneuvering within the group, do not lose your head and become consumed with all of the pettiness. For a book treating 'masters' as a scarcity in our population, now made all the rarer by ironic attitudes towards skill in a technological age, Greene introduces his book with the guarantee that every reader can find their inside talents and master them. Success comes in spurts followed by large expanses of plateau; a practice for the enjoyment of the practice. The masters he looks at range from the historical, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Michael Faraday, to the contemporary, such as the architect Santiago Calatrava, the boxer and coach Freddie Roach, and the autistic animal psychologist Temple Grandin.The book has been a national and international bestseller, and has been translated into 17 languages. Elevating this brand of altruism over self-aggrandizement, the book becomes his most essential work. Rarely is Greene blunt about the specific issues facing our age, but parsing his implications can be its own adventure—is he speaking of hipsters in describing the ironic attitude? Perhaps we'll never know how far the path can go, how much a human being can truly achieve, until we realize that the ultimate reward is not a gold medal but the path itself. It is a book that challenges the contemporary American ideal of the superiority of only climactic moments, that challenges instant gratification, and reveals a deeper, older, and more essential truth about life.

I learned a lot reading this and for a older guy, I have always prided myself on keeping myself learning, and my child like lust for new things and learning experiences has always been something I enjoy. Instead you want to see your work as something more inspiring, as part of your vocation… Your work then is something connected deeply to who you are, not a separate compartment in your life. True, some elements of the book will seem obvious (find a good teacher) or already be known to you--I'm thinking of how he describes Mastery as the journey and not the goal--but it's good to have all this info in one place, like a brief book, to act as a reference. Conservatism: If you gain any kind of attention or success for your work in this phase, you face the great danger of creeping conservatism. When a Most Valuable Player candidate misjudges a ball and falls on his duff, he does it in the sight of millions.Combine the “how” and the “what”: Get a full understanding of the skill, not just the recipes or tools, don’t leave parts of it unlearned. Impatience: The best way to neutralize our natural impatience is to cultivate a kind of pleasure in pain— like an athlete, you come to enjoy rigorous practice, pushing past your limits, and resisting the easy way out. He was President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute, past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, President of ITP International, and a former editor of Look Magazine. Rendirse al proceso, al esfuerzo diario, al plateau, a los momentos en los que pareciera no estamos progresando. Natural Powers: Give yourself open-ended time and focus, develop a wide understanding of your field, never settle into complacency, and embrace slowness as a virtue in itself.

Submit to the Other — The Inside Out Perspective: We can never really experience what other people are experiencing.Suffer fools gladly: In dealing with fools you must adopt the following philosophy: they are simply a part of life, like rocks or furniture. This book, Mastery by Robert Green wants to teach you how to overcome one of the biggest obstacles we face. Opening: “After your formal education, you enter the most critical phase in your life— a second, practical education known as The Apprenticeship.

Seduced by the siren song of a consumerist, quick-fix society, we sometimes choose a course of action that brings only the illusion of accomplishment, the shadow of satisfaction. Yet even our failures to choose consciously operate as choices, adding to or subtracting from the amount of our potential that we will eventually realize.First, it was meandering and long-winded trying to tie stories about evolution and human history to 'mastery'. Leonard is not saying we should seek to be masters in everything we do, but we should choose our passions and master those. Too often we make a separation in our lives— there is work and there is life outside work, where we find real pleasure and fulfillment.

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