In Mastery, Robert Greene continues in the style of his excellent work, The 48 Laws of Power (which I previously reviewedÂ and have been posting excerpts from).
Sadly, it is not quite to the level of The 48 Laws – though it still a good book. Unbeknownst to me, I’ve already been practicing most of what he preaches, starting with finding your niche. Oh, and following an apprenticeship path. And staying creative; and widening your horizons.
This is also, more or less, the path modeled by one of my previous employers, theÂ Shodor Education FoundationÂ through their Apprentice, Intern, and “Post-Bac” Staff programs (they have higher than “Post-Bac” staff, too – but that’s more inÂ the “Master” level thanÂ getting to it).
I was hoping for something … well, maybe not “new” – but insightful-and-not-common-elsewhere. Perhaps I’m merely well-read already, but Mr Greene comes to roughly the same conclusion as Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers – 10,000 hours of concerted effort in learning, practicing, and presenting a given topic/field will tendÂ to push you into the “Master” realm (review).
Through a series of case studies and repeated biographical highlights through the last ~300 years, the point is shown that while there are a few workable paths toÂ Mastery – they’re all traversable by anyone who cares to take the time and effort to do so.
Timothy Ferriss’ series of “4 Hour” books (4-Hour Body, 4-Hour Workweek, & 4-Hour Chef) all showcase these exact traits, as well. While presented as “shortcuts for the rest of us”, if read without skimming, instead show that it isÂ only through intense focus and hard work that you can arrive at the “4-Hour” destination.
Is Mastery a worthwhile read? Probably for most people.
Is it worth owning? Doubtful.
Grab a copy from your library (like I did) and read it. Reread it. Blog about it. Tweet it. Skim it. Then return it.
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I found the most value out of the book where it shared insights to how the idea of work, making money, and the corporate environment operates. I thought that was what made the book worth it in it’s self.
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