Summary: 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…Read more.
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Robert Greene: Mastery Audio Book Summary
Mastery is a book written by Robert Greene that suggests a guide on how to become a genius. He believes that any person has the potential to become a genius if they are prepared to work towards it and enlists Mozart, Goethe along with other outstanding masters in order to display how this is possible.
Readers may pick up on that this new thesis by Greene is almost the same that was previously suggested by the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell only that Greene has improved on these suggestions in the following ways:
He has increased the hours by double that must be worked on in order to master something, compared to Gladwellís 10,000.
He enlists Marcel Proust, Wagner, Goethe, Mozart and others in order to display how mastering something is a real possibility.
He offers a step guide that involves finding something which can be viewed as more than a vocation than a job, obtaining a highly experienced mentor, working hard towards a goal and the use of social networks.
When it came to the production of the book Mastery, Greene took on his very own advice and placed 20,000 hours into writing, researching and thinking about his book. For the individuals who take on the step work involved in Mastery, there are a few rewards. In addition, there are inspiring stories about a few of the past geniuses.
Some stories include John Keats and how he forced himself into writing the poem known as ìendymiomî that taught him the important aspects of brevity. While the story of Goethe involves how he went to visit Friedrich Schiller his friend only to find out the philosopher was not home. He goes onto sit down at the manís desk and is soon sickened due to a terrible smell emitting from the drawer. He opens the drawer to find rotten apples. When he makes an inquiry about this, he finds out that Friedrichís wife has placed them there as the stench assists the man in concentrating.
It is said that one of the weaknesses behind the book Mastery is that solicits a fiction. This is because in real life not every person can be a genius. He tries to prove that this is not the truth by stating that a man like Charles Darwin did not do well in school. However this does not mean that the modern-day louts that leave school without diplomas will actually go onto writing a book such as ìon the Origin of Species.î
To end this book off, Greene suggests that artificial barriers that stand between science and arts melt under pressure in order to express and know individuals common reality. It is said that to master something means that the personís ideas become more in tune with nature, more organic and alive. He finally states that any rich ideas that develop from entering a quest such as mastery will offer great rewards on their own.