Mastery (The Robert Greene Collection)

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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.

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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.


‘The best treatment of apprenticeship I’ve ever found is in Mastery, the latest book by Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power. His writing on apprenticeship, mentor cultivation, and in-depth mastery of skills makes Mastery the perfect companion book to The 4-Hour Chef, in my opinion. It s one of the few books I made time to read cover-to-cover in the last few months.’ –Tim Ferriss, author and entrepreneur

Book Description

‘Live by your own rules’ – Robert Greene, the ‘modern Machiavelli’ debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness.

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781781250914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781250914
  • ASIN: 178125091X
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3 x 23.4 cm
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