This book made a big impression on me, and I consider myself lucky to have encountered it at my relatively young age.
I think the book has greatly shaped and validated many of the approaches I hope to apply to my passion and career.
I think that the general idea that Greene harps on throughout the book is eccentricity. Trust your own path and never conform.
A lot of so-called masters rely heavily on intuition—allowing this sort of God-like guidance to push us on our way and help us connect with “infinite intelligence,” a general inexplicable source of inspiration.
Greene offers both practical and unconventional advice on creativity, and he keenly persuades us against any run-of-the-mill self-development advice, which tends to be overly flattering and inflated with simple steps that follow a one-size-fits-all formula.
He also accentuates the importance of finding mentors, people who can support you through an extended period of apprenticeship in order to absorb their knowledge and skill.
Greene is an extraordinary writer, one of the best I have encountered in my life.
His book is full of sharp one-liners, and all of his work is heavily researched.
He also writes on controversial topics such as war, power, and seduction. His book “The 48 Laws of Power” is the most sought after book by prison inmates in the country, and he coauthored a book with 50-cent called the “50th Law.”
The reason that “Mastery” is so wonderful is that he draws on examples from countless biographies—think Darwin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Keats, and Melville—but also contemporary gurus like tech entrepreneurs.
By identifying a general pattern in traits, Greene presents a compelling example of how we can spend our lives.
Do yourself a favor and read this book!