Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

Mastery (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene Book 1)

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What almost inevitably happens in such moments is that the solution, the perfect idea for completing the work comes to them. A master is someone who, through long training and discipline, has acquired the ability to enter this state of mind at will, and whose work therefore has a characteristic stamp of authority and innovativeness.

Dependency: In the Apprenticeship Phase you relied upon mentors and those above you to supply you with the necessary standards of judgment for your field. This will allow you to smile at their antics, to tolerate their presence as you would a silly child, and to avoid the madness of trying to change them. And at the root of this power is a simple process that leads to mastery— one that is accessible to all of us. Flightiness: We like to make a show of how much our decisions are based on rational considerations, but the truth is that we are largely governed by our emotions, which continually color our perceptions.The book outlines ways to think and processes and rules to delve into new things or to polish up old things and get back into them with dedication. Here Greene actually makes the same case for the seductive lifestyle, but this time it is gravely serious instead of guiltily pleasing. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it.

Leonard gives advice on how to embrace these plateaus, and identifies the many impediments that prevent us from persevering. If you are worried about what others might think and about how your position in the group might be jeopardized, then you will never really create anything. Inflexibility: You must know your field inside and out, and yet be able to question its most entrenched assumptions. Best book I've read in a while, mainly because it's one of the few books I've found on long-term skill and personal deveHe makes the distinction here, too, that you shouldn’t let it be separate from your life: “Work is often seen as a means for making money so we can enjoy that second life that we lead.

It will bring you unexpected heartaches and unexpected rewards, and you will never reach a final destination.

He did become a lawyer--a prominent and successful one--but I think back to our conversation in 1986 and wonder whether he has second thoughts (God knows I do).

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