'Live by your own rules' - Robert Greene, the 'modern Machiavelli' debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness.
Around the globe, people are facing the same problem - that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. To see our uniqueness expressed in our achievements, we must first learn the rules - and then how to change them completely.
Charles Darwin began as an underachieving schoolboy, Leonardo da Vinci as an illegitimate outcast. The secret of their eventual greatness lies in a 'rigorous apprenticeship': by paying close and careful attention, they learnt to master the 'hidden codes' which determine ultimate success or failure. Then, they rewrote the rules as a reflection of their own individuality, blasting previous patterns of achievement open from within.
Told through Robert Greene's signature blend of historical anecdote and psychological insight and drawing on interviews with world leaders, Mastery builds on the strategies outlined in The 48 Laws of Power to provide a practical guide to greatness - and how to start living by your own rules.
About the Author
Robert Greene is author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction and The 50th Law (9781846680687). He has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.
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Comments about Mastery:
I have read and listened to this book multiple times. I believe this should be read by anyone who really wishes to "master" anything in life, it gives amazing perspective through studying some of the worlds most accomplished humans. One must take time when reading this as it has a lot in it.
The author argues that success is not something anyone is born to attain but rather is achieved through a rigorous focused apprenticeship on a particular area of study/workmanship. I am very grateful to have come across this book a number of years ago.
Praise for The 48 Laws of Power:
'At last, the book to help you scheme your way into the upper echelons of power. Essential rules for the new Machiavellis * Daily Express * The year's surprise bestseller will doubtless appeal to all armchair megalomaniacs * Daily Mail * Beguiling ... literate ... fascinating ... a wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top * People * Machiavelli has a new rival, and Sun-tzu had better watch his back * New York Times *
Series: The Robert Greene Collection
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 21st November 2012
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1