Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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If you have ever striven for mastery out of love, where you lose yourself in the practice and the practice, the devotional act of being is in itself its own reward. The fine art of playing the edge in this case involves a willingness to take one step back for every two forward, sometimes vice versa. This is something our society rarely has the patience for with our “get it done yesterday” attitude. This is a depressing attitude, because in the end we spend a substantial part of our waking life at work. We all wear masks in the social arena, playing different roles to suit the different environments we pass through.

The goal here is to awaken your “dimensional mind,” to think beyond the typical constraints of your skill and keep growing and learning. Told through Robert Greene's signature blend of historical anecdote and psychological insight and drawing on interviews with world leaders, Mastery builds on the strategies outlined in The 48 Laws of Power to provide a practical guide to greatness - and how to start living by your own rules. But it's also true that one good paragraph sometimes has more power to change the individual and the world than any number of pictures.In this awareness, the man or woman on the path of mastery sometimes makes a conscious decision to do just that. Alchemical Creativity and the Unconscious: Your task as a creative thinker is to actively explore the unconscious and contradictory parts of your personality, and to examine similar contradictions and tensions in the world at large.

You assume that the parts of any whole interact with one another and cannot be completely separated. One of the key themes in this book is the idea that learning happens in a series of spurts, which are separated by long periods of apparent stagnation ("plateaus"). Sometimes without knowing it, the mediocre approach to the activities in life can really weigh you down. If you need everything in your life to be simple and safe, this open-ended nature of the task will fill you with anxiety. You are the supreme hunter, ever alert, eyes scanning the landscape for the fact that will expose a once-hidden reality, with profound consequences.

Tony Robbins had a large influence on me reading this book and looking back it reminds me of a point he always makes when it comes to mastery. Similarly, if your circumstances limit your contacts, books can serve as temporary mentors, as The Improvement of the Mind did for Faraday. Mastery: You've been a humble student and has attained the knowledge about the internal semantics of your skill, it's time for you to invent something new and substantial with your knowledge. Practice (n) - something you have, something you are, something you practice on a regular basis that is an integral part of your life (pg 74) / "He does it just to enjoy himself. A successful shot, Nicklaus told us, was 50 percent visualization, 40 percent setup, and only 10 percent swing.

As your thinking grows more fluid your mind will become increasingly dimensional, seeing more and more aspects of reality. To help capture this mood, Leonardo had spent time in the local church observing those in fervent prayer, the expression of one young man serving as the model for the angel. You look at the object of study from as many angles as possible, giving your thoughts added dimensions. What you already possess dwarves what anyone could ever give you; you are the culmination of amazing knowledge; "The best way to describe your total creative capacity is to say that for all practical purposes it is infinite.Working at something just long enough to get the hang of it but never long enough to endure the frustration and practice required to be any good, let alone, outstanding. But if human beings really are just naked apes, then Machiavelli is exactly whom you need to get to the top of the pile.

Leonard's genuine commitment to Aikido and the years-long exposure to Zen philosophy and practice that afforded him make the first half of the book quite life-changing for the average Westerner.While there was nothing really wrong with Mastery, per se, I did not enjoy it as much as many of the other books on mastery and mindset that I have read recently. Unfortunately a mess of ideas and misconceptions (did you know that Albert Einstein discovered relativity due to spending a badly estimated 10,000 hours thinking about it over 10 years? To begin this process, you need to train yourself to pay less attention to the words that people say and greater attention to their tone of voice, the look in their eye, their body language— all signals that might reveal a nervousness or excitement that is not expressed verbally. Love of your work, willingness to stay with it even in the absence of extrinsic reward, is good food and good drink. Emphasizes growing to love the plateaus, the in-betweens, the process, the art of being in the zone, of focusing on the moments rather than the goals.

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