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Author: Robert Greene Narrator: Fred Sanders Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781101579718
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The monumental self-help work "Mastery" has inspired millions of readers and seminar attendees to take a second look at the things they consider themselves expert in. Do they truly "own" a skill or an expertise or a business?

Renowned basketball legend Michael Jordan practiced the same shots thousands of times after any other star basketball player would have stopped, thinking he had perfected that throw. Michael played on.

Golf whiz Tiger Woods did the same with golf. He knew the secret to owning the golf course was to master the shots. Play he did when lesser golf professionals would have quit. Tiger kept hitting.

Basketball coach Jim Valvano, who led North Carolina's Cinderella Team to a victory that surprised everyone, succumbed to cancer all too soon, but his famous last words still echo in our minds all these years afterwards. "Never give up," he said. Jim Valvano never did.

In Mastery, the author turns to great heroes in history. He sifts through biographical works about them to learn how they mastered their arenas, how they achieved the things they did, and he shares them with us so that we, too, can master our own lives and our futures.

Greene turns to people like Charles Darwin, Henry Ford, Martha Graham, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, and Marcel Proust. He takes into consideration modern-day giants as well. Then he works in the lessons we can learn from those who are lesser known.

Takeaways:

First we need to know ourselves and our calling. We must be willing to spend considerable time as an apprentice, examining those who have gone before, honing our skills, experimenting with what might be, and be honest with ourselves as we as we go through self-examinations in order to become more than we are.

We must welcome criticism and failure, which present us with opportunities to learn from them and grow stronger.

We must recognize that human emotions keep us from reaching our true potential and learn to push away things that threaten to rob us of what we can be. Such characteristics include envy, pride, laziness, inconsistency, complacency, ego, closed-mindedness and more.

About the author:

American writer Robert Greene was born in 1959. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and finished a B.A. degree in Classical Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is best known as a popular speaker and author of self-help books, although he has worked in a wide range of jobs, including construction worker, translator, and editor.

The #1 New York Times-bestseller from the author of The 48 Laws of Power

Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book.

The bestseller author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene has spent a liftime studying the laws of power. Now, he shares the secret path to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What this book lacks in clarity it makes up for in its stories and persistent encouragement—the inspiration that is essential for anybody who strives to live a full, mastered life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A crisply written collection of lessons from the masters.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Alexander | 4/23/2019

    " I have the paperback book and I've been reading and re-reading it over an extended period in bits. Listening to the audio reinforces some of what I picked up from the book. I especially like the style of narration which makes me keep going back to bits I need to listen again so I can play around with the thoughts when I'm offline. I would like audiobookstore to consider creating technical audio books - python for example. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uktamjon | 1/23/2019

    " cool "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxo | 2/19/2014

    " This book was powerful because it emphasizes a key point you may have natural talent but one must work to continually grow and improve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 2/9/2014

    " For the first third on the book, I took it add meaningless psycho babble, but by the end I was convinced. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ravi | 2/7/2014

    " I liked this book. The author has tried to analyze a few masters and written his propositions. Some are interesting. I found the style of the writing a little tough. It took a very long time for me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 2/6/2014

    " This takes Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule to the next level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asif | 2/2/2014

    " i dont know about everyone else...but i absolutely loved this book..don't hesitate to read if please. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 1/27/2014

    " Awesome read. You don't have to 100% subscribe to everything laid out here to benefit from all the insights presented into making your life and work unique and meaningful. Very recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mead | 1/16/2014

    " When you read a great book at the right time, it can only go in the category of Supremely Fucking Awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/14/2014

    " I received this book as part of a first reads giveaway and was not sure if i would entirely enjoy it but... it was an amazing read! i would definitely recommend it to almost everyone!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jorge | 1/13/2014

    " Great book overall. Bios could be shorter but other than that it offers amazing insight. The chapter on intuition is really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes | 1/12/2014

    " Not bad. I've read a few books on the subject, so alot of what this book offered I had already read. Some interesting anecdotes involving historical figures such as Mozart and Darwin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurent | 1/8/2014

    " I found this book to be the perfect companion while starting a new job. Loaded with practical examples of how masters, from a wide verity of fields, accomplished top success. reads easy in a somewhat narrative format "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juan | 1/2/2014

    " I might change rating to 4 stars... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cedrick | 12/8/2013

    " THis book uses great examples and stories to illustrate the various teachings that are painted in words by Robert Greene. Really eye opening "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arun | 9/29/2013

    " Let the voice be heard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 7/27/2013

    " It's alright. All of the evidence are allegories and case studies. Greene does not use any statistics or studies. But that aside, it was still pretty intuitively informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oana | 7/12/2013

    " It was very interesting to find out about several masters in several fields that I knew nothing before. However, I found the information rather repetitive, and I think it could have been 30% compressed and the effect still the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/26/2013

    " A rehash of dated material if you have never read in the genre this would be a starting block. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 4/22/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Should be required reading for every teenager that wants success in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrijus | 3/31/2013

    " Amazing book. Nailed the process of Creativity and how style develops and evolves for any artistic person. One of top 3 books all time for me! Can't rave enough about it, must read for any creative! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 3/14/2013

    " Interesting subject. Unnecessarily long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/6/2013

    " A book I would recommend to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 11/27/2012

    " The most important book I've read in years! "

About the Author

Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several internationally bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power and The 50th Law.

About the Narrator

Fred Sanders, an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction, memoir, and fiction to mystery and suspense. He been seen on Broadway in The Buddy Holly Story, in national tours for Driving Miss Daisy and Big River, and on such television shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs,Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. He is a native New Yorker and Yale graduate.