The Path to Mastery

The Path to Mastery

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  1. Brilliant, Robert!

    The first thing that came to my mind was the famous book, Think And Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Many have heard of the book but not all know his story. It took him 25 YEARS to write it, after inetrviewing thousands of highly succesful business men and thought leaders. Probably far more than 10,000 hours went into it. His mastery came from a very long apprenticeship with many great mentors.

    But imagine writing a book during the Great Depression about obtaining wealth and power through developing a new thought process. How positively iconoclastic at a time where people were dreaming of just having a job and putting food on the table.

    Yet it became one of the most recognized and successful books of all time.

    This post is a great example of how to forge your unique place in the world.

    Great way to start off a Monday!

    Thanks again.

  2. Hello Robert,

    it is sort of synchronicity because I wrote a small article about going inside to start the path of mastery as well.

    Thanks for your insights and I am looking forward to reading your book.

  3. I love number 4: Awaken Creative Energy! It’s so important to love what you do as this will really help you come alive when you work on your projects. Loving what you do means that you’ll leaner it very quickly and your mind will be continuously thinking of the best ways to implement it into something! Great Read, really enjoyed that!

  4. OMG! This is really Robert Greene on Copyblogger. First of all let me tell you that I am a great fan of yours and have read the 48 laws around 3 times and often quote from it.
    Mastery as you say truly resides in that experienced eye which only comes after a time and is able to pick the faintest arenas in one’s trade.

  5. Napolean Hill’s is a great book in that it teaches you to be resilient, after all, if you fall at the first hurdle and don’t get back on the horse, how will you ever succeed?

    To be successful I’m a firm believer that you have to love the industry you work in otherwise it’s just a job – if you love golf – work in the golf industry – you’ll enjoy going to work everyday and your passion will be there for all to see!

    Great article, thanks!

  6. Hi Robert,

    I, without a shadow of doubt, agree with the process it takes to achieve mastery simply because everything that I have ever become proficient at, started with an insatiable desire to be better. It is the same path I am now taking to become a master at content marketing/writing and one that I believe is not to far away.

    There are undoubtedly many misconceptions on the foundation it takes to build from in order to excel but I have come from a broken home of mediocre income and that has been a driving force for most of my achievements.

    I too look forward to reading your book for any other strategies to further advance myself.

  7. Thanks for this. I find “Step 3: Gain Social Intelligence” the hardest one to master. I also think it can be the most valuable step in this process. I agree that, without social intelligence, much of a person’s talent is wasted, either in lost potential or time spent dealing with stressful, and sometimes painful, personnel issues. Though it’s important for people in any line of work to develop a thick skin, the pursuit of understanding and respecting the subtleties of human behavior is just as, if not more, important and extremely difficult. I also feel that gaining social intelligence can be incredibly rewarding. The ability to solve a problem, I think, is more valuable than simply being able to ignore or sidestep that same problem. I think the pursuit of social intelligence doesn’t make us softer. Rather, it makes us smarter.

  8. So true that awakening creative energy comes from, like you say, maintaining “a fluid, open mind.” I find that when I’m going, going, going a hundred miles an hour so I can “just get the work done,” I don’t have the metal capacity to come up with new ideas or perspectives. It’s when I take time away from the computer, the work, and often, the environment itself that ideas for new projects and solutions to nagging problems just seem to “appear.” Daily meditation helps too. : )
    From what other commenters here have said, looks like I’m going to have to add 48 Laws of Power to my reading list!

  9. Thank you so much, Robert and CopyBlogger. I have read the first two books by Mr. Greene, and I can’t wait to read this as well.

    There’s been an increase in interest in this idea of “mastering” a subject through years of intensive work. I’ve read Outliers, but it seems Mastery is a more nuanced and fuller look at a very enticing subject.

  10. Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, I agree with everything posted here because I’ve read the book. Please, tell me this is a re-issue of the book I know I read a handful of years ago and kept when I drastically downsized my library. Over the years, as books such as the Talent Code came to market, I dug through the boxes of books I kept looking for this one, thinking it would be easy to find because of the bold and distinctive cover. I never found it, so off to Amazon and B&N web sites looking for it. It wasn’t there, which made no sense because the book was so rich and spoke to me with such clarity. I even started a blog last year with no clear idea what I was writing about until a pattern showed itself–living and writing with bold, clean lines. When that became clear, I immediately recognized a seed this book had planted in my thinking.

    One small favor. Tell me this is an updated version of the book I so vividly remember reading and lost. Tell me it went out of print or something along those lines. If you can’t, then I’ve been recommending a book to people for years that was yet to be written, and that’s extremely uncomfortable.

  11. I’m a big Robert Greene fan and will be adding this to my reading list. I used to love Think & Grow Rich, but over the years it started to sound too much like one long sales letter. I like the fact that RG is plain and too the point, with very specific action points

  12. This is a wonderfully inspirational article, full of many truths. What Robert says about us so often drifting off from our unique path, due to outside influences, resonates particularly well – sadly, perhaps. Strangely though, I have found that certain elements of Mastery can be attained even in these instances, if you cast energy and commitment into the Pond, but it is fulfillment that wanes. One thing that Robert doesn’t explicitly raise, is the manner in which Mastery draws on both creativity and community – he does talk about about Social Intelligence, but I would suggest that there is more to community than just this : I believe that True Mastery would place you in a position where you not only occupy a commanding and an intuitive space in your subject area, but you are also able to draw on the creative energy of like-minded souls that perhaps see you as a sapiential mentor, and that in this sense you reach a point where it is through others that you are able to secure continual refreshment of both your field and self. Mastery may indeed be redundant, in the absence of social and community influence. I would be interested in other reader’s comments on this thought.

  13. Finally bought ‘Mastery’ on Kindle after “molesting” it in the book store. So far the intro is so chock full of goodness, I can’t get past my notes and analysis made within it.

    As per usual, likely another masterpiece from Mr. Green.

  14. I just read the book and realized that, this book is going to change my life, forever! I have read a couple of thousand books, and never was I more captivated by any other book, whatsoever! It’s a true gem and nothing can be comparable to this. Its actually ‘practically-inspiring’ and it makes you take actual action instead of some regular plain temprorary motivation, found everywhere else!
    Now, I have a question for Mr Robert:-
    Well, I am sure that you must have gone through another famous and truly acclaimed book by Malcom Gladwell, called : ‘Outliers’.
    This book actually has some similar concepts & theories( like the 10,000 hour rule) as that of ‘Mastery’, and I, having read that, realized that:
    The overall philosophy of ‘Outliers’ is much more flawed, as it actually considers ‘success’ to be hugely dependent on ‘parental baground’, ‘financial status of family’, ‘the perfect time’ etc, which are actually beyond human intervention. here’a a little summary of ‘outliers’:

    Contrary to this, ‘Mastery’ (Mr Robert) preaches the following mindset:

    “Many of the figures I had studied were mediocre students; they often came from poverty or broken homes; their parents or siblings did not display any kind of exceptional ability.”

    Clearly, What this indicates is the fact that, although both these books have a somewhat similar context and subject ( and both are backed by strong historical data and deep research), still, there is a hell lot of difference between both their philosophies.

    Now, my question to Mr. Greene , would be : Where do you think Mr Gladwell missed the point and how can these differences be explained rationally and which one of the above view points do you consider absolutely essential to attain ‘mastery’ and be ‘successful’ ?

    Thanks! 🙂

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