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Greene, Robert.
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New York, N.Y. : Viking, [2012]

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xvi, 336 pages ; 24 cm
Robert Greene, the "modern Machiavelli" debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness.
The ultimate power ; The evolution of mastery ; Keys to mastery -- Discover your calling : the life's task. The hidden force ; Keys to mastery ; Strategies for finding your life's task ; Reversal -- Submit to reality : the ideal apprenticeship. The first transformation ; Keys to mastery ; Strategies for completing the ideal apprenticeship ; Reversal -- Absorb the master's power : the mentor dynamic. The alchemy of knowledge ; Keys to mastery ; Strategies for deepening the mentor relationship ; Reversal -- See people as they are : social intelligence. Thinking inside ; Keys to mastery ; Strategies for acquiring social intelligence ; Reversal -- Awaken the dimensional mind : the creative-active. The second transformation ; Keys to mastery ; Strategies for the creative-active phase ; Reversal -- Fuse the intuitive with the rational : mastery. The third transformation ; Keys to mastery ; Strategies for attaining mastery ; Reversal -- Contemporary master biographies.
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From the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, a vital work revealing that the secret to mastery is already within you.

Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book.

The bestseller author of The 48 Laws of Power , The Art of Seduction , and The 33 Strategies of War , Robert Greene has spent a lifetime studying the laws of power. Now, he shares the secret path to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.

Author Notes

Robert Greene was born on May 14, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a B.A. in classical studies. Before becoming an author, he worked a variety of jobs including construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer. In 1995, he worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school in Italy, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers. Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and wrote a draft, which eventually became his first book, The 48 Laws of Power. His other works include The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and Mastery.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

We are born masters but sometimes, especially during the trials of adulthood, we need external guidance to reach our potential, says bestselling author Greene (The 48 Laws of Power). His description of mastery is reminiscent of what positive psychologists describe as "flow": a state that feels effortless once achieved. Yet mastery requires work. Greene outlines the process in nearly 50 steps, with several overarching themes: retaining a child's sense of wonder, learning from other masters, and avoiding financially motivated goals. The steps are interspersed with the stories of people who have famously achieved success: the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Mozart, Temple Grandin, and many more. Relatively few of these examples are contemporary, which poses the question of whether such mastery is possible in our current economic and profit-driven environment. And 48 steps are a little much for even the mastery-oriented mind, and Greene's presentation is disjointed and occasionally confusing. But what this book lacks in clarity it makes up for in its stories and persistent encouragement--the inspiration that is essential for anybody who strives to live a full, mastered life. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.