Mastery

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Penguin, 2012 - Psychology - 336 pages
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The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the bestselling The 48 Laws of Power

What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller—all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene's earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.
 

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Robert Greene's Mastery explores the lives of many historical Masters (Mozart, Da Vinci, Proust, etc.) and explains how their Mastery is attainable for everyone. By ignoring societal constraints and ... Read full review

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Each of us has a passion. For a variety of reasons within and outside our control, very few of us pursue our respective passions to the point of achieving mastery over them. Author Robert Greene's ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION i
1
I
19
REVERSAL
90
KEYS TO MASTERY
102
STRATEGIES FOR DEEPENING
108
Transfigure their ideas
116
IV
125
KEYS TO MASTERY
133
See yourself as others see you
156
REVERSAL
164
KEYS TO MASTERY
175
A CULTIVATE NEGATIVE CAPABILITY
182
B ALLOW FOR SERENDIPITY
184
ALTER YOUR PERSPECTIVE
191
REVERSAL
310
INDEX
323

Nonverbal communicationpaying attention to cueslooking for common
141
Speak through your work
147

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About the author (2012)

Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

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