A book full of psychological insights, interviews and historical anecdotes. Robert Greene takes us on an interesting journey on how extraordinary people achieved great things and became masters in their fields. From his in-depth, and extensive research he came to reject the idea that these people were born geniuses, and that the achievements were due to natural talent. 

In Mastery, Robert Greene examines the lives of some of history’s greatest figures, including Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Charles Darwin, and identifies the common traits and practices that they all used to achieve success. He argues that mastery is not something that is achieved overnight, but rather the result of years of dedication and hard work.

One of the key principles of mastery, according to Greene, is a passion for the subject. Great masters are driven by a deep fascination with their field, and are willing to put in the time and effort to learn as much as they can about it. This passion fuels their curiosity and drives them to seek out new knowledge and experiences.

Another important factor in achieving mastery is a willingness to embrace uncertainty and failure. Masters are not afraid to take risks and experiment, even if it means making mistakes or encountering setbacks along the way. They understand that failure is an inevitable part of the learning process, and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Masters also have a commitment to continuous learning and improvement. They never stop seeking out new knowledge and experiences, and are always looking for ways to improve and develop their skills. They are open to new ideas and perspectives, and are willing to challenge their own assumptions and beliefs.

In addition to providing insights into the lives and practices of great masters, Mastery also offers practical advice on how to apply these principles to one’s own life. Greene provides a step-by-step guide for developing the habits and mindset necessary for achieving mastery in any field, and offers practical tips and techniques for overcoming obstacles and staying motivated.

Overall, Mastery is an inspiring and thought-provoking book that offers valuable insights into the nature of mastery and how to achieve it. Whether you are looking to improve your skills in a particular field or simply want to learn more about the principles of mastery, this book is a must-read.

Categories: Non-fiction


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Five stars!

I was able to read this book and it touched me to the core and I came out of it as a changed person. Very few books have ever had that effect on me, and it is relevant on so many levels. It will encourage people to be true to themselves and not keep dark secrets under wraps they suffered as children, often causing pain they carry for a lifetime and in many cases destroy lives – I salut the twins, Marcus and Alex Lewis for their bravery to come forward and share their lives journeys with us. Beautiful job by Hodgkin who tells the story with so much integrity. Even though shocking, this story is inspiring, and empowering and will bring about change. Bravo!


Intriguing coming-of-age story

This is an intriguing coming-of-age story, that reads like a psychological thriller. I have to say that I loved the book more than the documentary, but the story is either way very upsetting yet beautiful. I admire their courage of putting a story that’s so deeply personal out there.


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