The big idea
Robert Greene is on a mission to convince you that you too can be a master of your craft. In Mastery, Greene takes us on a journey through the lives of historical masters like Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, as well as contemporary masters like boxing coach Freddie Roach, entrepreneur/investor Paul Graham, and technologist Yoky Matsuoka. He uses their stories to highlight the six key phases of developing mastery in our own craft, including discovering your calling, the apprenticeship phase, finding a mentor, developing social intelligence, becoming a creative-active, and finally achieving mastery.
Why to read
This book is an ideal read for anyone in the first ten years of their career or before because of its practical approach. By reading this book, you will explore what it is you feel called to do in your work and realize how you might create a plan to achieve mastery in that field. It will inspire and inform, but at no point does Greene promise a path paved in gold along the way. If you have a deep desire to be truly great at what you do, this book is the first stop on that path.
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About the author
Robert Greene is a 5-time bestselling author. Best know for The 48 Laws of Power, he prides himself on highlighting the harsh realities of business, politics, and creativity in the world around us. His unique approach to research makes his writing both gripping and informative as he tackles subjects like power, seduction, war, and mastery.