No one wants to work hard to achieve a goal or dare take the untreaded path.Technology, which gives us so much without having to expend much energy, has enabled this phenomenon, causing people to avoid the repetition needed for mastery.
His story of Charles Darwin was especially inspiring.
Here was a man who was seen as “average” and even odd for his peculiar obsession with collecting specimens, yet when he was put into an environment where that obsession was nurtured, he went on to develop one of the most important theories of mankind.
Here are some other things I learned from Mastery: I’m finding that that I get less value in Greene’s sugary pontifications than in his stories and anecdotes of great people.
He knows how to relay success in a way that inspires and motivates, and I won’t be surprised if his next stop is motivational speaker.
He does repeat examples here, noticeably more than his other work, so I did feel like he was trying to extract too much from too little instead of offering a more diverse sample. It cleared my mind and reminded me to battle harder against distractions to focus more deeply.
It also gave me advice on what it takes to get to the next level.However, I think I’m approaching the point of diminishing return from Greene’s wisdom.This is the latest from Robert Greene, who has brought us important works such as The 48 Laws Of Power, The Art Of Seduction, and The 50th Law.Written in a similar style, Mastery alternates between sharing stories of masters with analysis and lessons from their success.An alternate title of this book could have been “How People Became Great.” Like always, Greene’s writing is smooth and easy.The idea of mastery and craft is increasingly punished in modern society where easy fixes and hacks are preferred.