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Jul 28, 2019 13:27:03

Notes: Mastery, Robert Greene

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Basile Samel

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I'm re-reading Mastery, one of my favorite self-help book. The following document is an attempt at synthesizing its essence to avoid forgetting it. I hope it will also entice you to read it in its entirety.



Definition of mastery : "the feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people, and ourselves"

The three phases of mastery : student (apprenticeship) -> practitioner (creative-active, journeyman) -> master (mastery)

Mastery is not only accessible to us all, it's the meaning of life itself.


Our mind is what led us to reach the top of the food chain. Its growth was triggered by our sense of sight and our needs for socialization.

Our visual system is built to think ahead to avoid predators: "the emergence of the conscious, reasoning mind". Not to merely see, but to focus.

Our social intelligence stemmed from a higher attention to details: mirror neurons and our abilities to be inside someone else's mind or to introspect/retrospect.

Mastery was already about making efficient decisions quickly by developing an understanding of the surrounding environment.

"The body could decay but the mind would continue to learn and adapt. Using time for such effect is the essential ingredient of mastery. [...] when we trust that going through a process of months or years will bring us mastery, [...] we infallibly move to higher and higher levels of intelligence." There is no shortcut to mastery, you have to go through and trust the process. Technology is merely a tool, it can't put in the work for you.

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