Book Notes #022 - Mastery by Robert Greene.

Rating 5/5 ⭐️ (Must-read)

Topic: Non-Fiction: Career, Personal & Professional Achievement.

“There exists a form of power and intelligence that represents the high point of human potential. It is the source of the greatest achievements and discoveries in history… Let us call this sensation mastery—the feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people, and ourselves.

- Robert Greene.


BOOK REVIEW

  • Main Ideas - Great.

  • Examples and Stories - Great.

  • Engagement - Medium.


WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK?


This book is a must-read, especially for young people entering the professional world that feel lost in their life and feel a lack of purpose or direction when it comes to finding meaningful work.


3 KEY TAKEAWAYS


1) DISCOVERING YOUR CALLING: THE LIFE’S TASK


You possess a kind of inner force that seeks to guide you toward your Life’s Task—what you are meant to accomplish in the time that you have to live. You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it.

Examples;


- For Einstein, it was not physics but a fascination with invisible forces that governed the universe...

- For Bergman, it was not film but the sensation of creating and animating life...

- For Coltrane, it was not music but giving voice to powerful emotions...

  • Direct yourself toward the small things you are good at. Do not dream or make grand plans for the future, but instead concentrate on becoming proficient at these simple and immediate skills.

  • This will bring you confidence and become a base from which you can expand to other pursuits. Proceeding in this way, step by step, you will hit upon your Life’s Task…

  • It can appear in the guise of your deficiencies, making you focus on the one or two things that you are inevitably good at. Working at these skills, you learn the value of discipline and see the rewards you get from your efforts.


"Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious."



2) THE IDEAL APPRENTICESHIP.


After your formal education, you enter the most critical phase in your life—a second, practical education known as The Apprenticeship. Every time you change careers or acquire new skills, you reenter this phase of life.


  • Deep Observation (the passive mode). People have compiled knowledge of how to get things done in a particular field, each generation improved on the past. Your task upon entering this world is to observe and absorb its reality as deeply as possible. The greatest mistake you can make i