For a start, I want you to watch this video:
No, I did not watch this video before reading Mastery by Robert Greene book. Though I do watched it after reading the book and it made me read the book again and get deep into it. Malkhaz has elegantly and importantly described the whole 310 pages long book in almost 13 minutes and if you are not going to read this post, at least watch the video. You’ll definitely learn something new. If you decide to read this post, keep in my mind that I’m only writing about this book is because I enjoyed reading it and simply want to share my thoughts on it.
I was first introduced to Robert Greene’s works in 48 Laws of Power when I saw that red binding, vertical blue stripe in the middle of the cover in a local bookstore. I had a series of thoughts in parallel and some of them were extreme and exciting. After reading a few pages, he become my company for the next few days, especially morning and night. Not many books do I enjoy reading in the morning, but I can say Robert Greene’s writing is definitely the one to be enjoyed in the morning bliss. Wake up, get yourself together and Greene’s words will help to get hold of yourself for the rest of the day.
In Mastery, Greene elaborates that Mastery is a process of gaining knowledge in the ways that are rational and in a field you are passionate about. He further goes on put emphasis on acquiring skills for your trade but that takes time and this entity is only available in limited amount. Only by acquiring skills necessary and devoting time, one can apply them with a balance between their intuitive and rational mind to create a dimensional mind.
I like Greene’s style of deciphering his own ideas and messages into words and illustrating it with storytelling. His tone of authority in between the lines in negligible since he tries his best to not to distract a reader away, but can be felt while reading it. He has a direct way to convey what he wants to tell you and that sometimes can be illuminating. Greene starts this book by demonstrating the lives of “past masters” such as Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and intverwies contemporary masters such as Paul Graham, Temple Grandin, etc.
Key Points that I have managed to gather so far from the book:
Social Intelligence: If you have skills but are unable to communicate effectively, you might get looked over.
Mastery Takes Time: Building up skills requires time. When you have passed the practice mode, you must start experimenting.
Speak through your work.
Stay away form complacency, dependency, impatience & inflexibilty.
Must value learning over everything else.
It’s the one book I’m recommending to you and myself.
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