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Book Review #46 – Mastery by Robert Greene

Mastery—the book that you can buy here, is for people looking to cultivate professional performance and achieve mastery in their lives. This is the book every coach recommends to people who wish to see excellence.

Mastery—itself, is the unique way people can use their potential and achieve greatness and fulfilment.

Mastery—is not an ideal state reserved for a few people in the world. It is rather a state that everyone can achieve if they follow some proven steps and strategies, and Greene shares those strategies with us.

 

Finding your True Purpose & Trusting your Gut

Robert Greene begins by discussing how we can find our true purpose in life. The quest for purpose is unique for everyone and needs a strategic plan. Greene then shares strategies and demonstrates them with historical and contemporary illustrations.

For instance:

The Darwinian Strategyà: To occupy the best niche, find one that fits perfectly for your talent and interests. Then, over time, evolve the niche.

The Adaptation Strategyà: To let go of the past, you should adapt your life’s task to the current circumstances. If you keep holding the (past) old ways of doing something, this will ensure your failure. Instead, you should be, ‘flexible and looking to adapt.’

For some people, the purpose is like a calling. For Da Vinci, it was when he started stealing expensive papers from his father’s office and used them for drawing animals. If we start paying attention to the hints our life is giving us, we will be able to find our true calling.

 

“No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you.”

 

Once you have found your purpose, you can move on to the phases of achieving mastery.

 

Learning Over Earning—The Importance of Apprenticeship

Greene breaks down this phase into three steps:

  • Deep Observation – the Passive Mode
  • Skills Acquisition – the Practice Mode
  • Experimentation – The Active Mode

Each mode narrates strategies that you need to complete your ideal apprenticeship. During an apprenticeship, focus more on learning rather than thinking about the profits you will be making. He says, “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”

For instance, preferring a job that pays more money may seem profitable now. But in the long run, a job that offers more support and education would pay ten times more. Therefore, a job that pays less but comes with a great mentor-ship should be your first choice.

If you are in luck, you can get a win-win situation. Where, you will learn, receive the best mentor-ship and earn to learn. If that doesn’t happen, remember that learning yields results and ROI in the long run.

 

Challenging your Apprenticeship

In the last phase, it is important to test and challenge everything you have learned. Apprenticeship alone is not enough to take you to the level of mastery. You need to venture, you need to experiment, and you need to take risks by leaving behind everything you have learned (at least momentarily).

By keeping an open mind, challenge everything you know and everything that you have learned. Does Greene say that in this phase, you should find which methods are universal? Which methods can be altered, twisted or banished?

This practice will help you in unchaining your true style. This will help you flourish your art, and then you will be able to make something that is worthy of your mastery.

The process of learning never ends. But when done the right way, it will help you achieve mastery, “Become who you are by learning who you are.”

Mastery is a unique book. It is fascinating to read, and it will sculpt your mind and ideas for life. It will teach you how to trust your gut and find your purpose. Moreover, it will tell you how you can continue to learn and use that learning to find your true craft. Eventually, you will be able to gain mastery of what you build.

Reviewed by;

Tonny Rutakirwa,

Chairman,

Tonniez Group Holdings,

Serving since 28th December 2008.

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