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“Mastery” by Robert Greene

Mastery by Robert Greene is an enlightening guide to discovering one’s greatest potential. It distills decades of research, interviews and personal insights into a comprehensive manual for those seeking to reach mastery in their chosen field.

Greene outlines specific strategies to remain motivated and passionate in pursuit of mastery, inspiring readers to unlock the hidden potential to identify and follow their individual paths.

Research Support

Greene skillfully weaves together research and interviews with modern and historical figures such as Charles Darwin and Steve Jobs to elucidate his points.

Notable figures such as sculptor Auguste Rodin and physicist Richard Feynman are highlighted in the text, emphasizing their struggles and subsequent achievements.

Greene touches upon the scientific, sociological and psychological annals of study to deliver vital lessons to his readers.

Moving Through Phases

Greene divides the process of mastery into phases. He frames this in the terms of apprenticeship and mentorship, emphasizing the importance of teachers and informal learning processes.

He details the unique skills and classes needed to move from one phase to another and the importance of asking questions, reflecting on feedback and facing one’s fears in order to succeed.

Keys to Mastery

Throughout the book, Greene provides the keys to mastery. His tools include exercises for identifying your purpose, developing laser-like focus and creating an effective workspace.

He also details the value of experimentation and failure, as well as tips for mastering certain skillsets such as critical thinking, networking and problem-solving.


Mastery is an essential guide to success. Greene helps readers identify and commit to their life’s goal, pushing them to strive for excellence and recognize the importance of hard work.

With a wealth of information, exercises and examples, Mastery helps readers stay focused, motivate themselves, and ultimately reach the highest level of success.

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