This is one of my top 5 books I’ve read and I recommend it to everyone. This book is great to read before you embark on a career path, it gives insight and perspective and a guide to the process of mastering something. Justin referenced it in his post on Tuesday. I cannot speak highly enough of this book.
On the back cover it says, “The ultimate form of power is mastery” and lists 3 steps in the process of mastery. Simple …. Not quite.
In the book it breaks this down into six sections like, “Discover your calling: The life’s task”; “Fuse the intuitive with the rational: Mastery” these are just two of the chapters. To get the rest read the book. The author Robert Greene does a great job of outlining a principle and then using examples from history to illustrate it. What you get is an instructional book but with a storybook feel. I found it really easy to read and I found parts of the book that I could relate to with where I was on my journey when I read it the first time. I am currently re reading the book and I find now that I relate to different parts of the book and see parts of the book in a different light since growing and developing in the interim. I love books like this because they are timeless. You can re-read them and find new meaning in the same text as you relate to it in a different way. This is one of those books that I wish I read just after high school it makes me feel like I would have found direction sooner in life, but I’m pretty happy with where I am now so I can’t complain. It is one of those books that make you think about your actions and thoughts. I strongly believe self-reflection is one of the keys to true growth as a person and most people don’t do enough of it.
This book gives you a guide to your process. It can help you correct course. It can guide your process. It can give you something to relate to and find comfort in. Most importantly, it will help you level up your life. So read it!