By examining the pathways of some of history's most famous masters, such as Einstein, Darwin, and Da Vinci, Mastery by Robert Greene debunks the myth of talent and demonstrates that there are proven measures you can take to attain mastery in a profession of your choice. Greene has a knack for writing best-sellers. Each one came after the other. That's exactly what he does. He published four New York Times bestsellers between 1998 and 2009: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, and The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent). In 2012, he wrote Mastery, which outlines not only his own approach to mastering the craft of writing, but also the path that all masters appear to travel. In order to accomplish so, he draws on historical and present personalities, as he does in many of his writings.
When choosing a skill to master, go with your instinct. Every one of us has likely experienced a few unusual occasions in our life when we heard an inner voice reaching out to us. It's the sensation that something was crafted particularly for you. That you'd do well in it. That you have the potential to be fantastic. According to Greene, you must start following your gut instincts. We're all the products of our own unique double helix, but we've become too afraid to listen to our inner voice because we spend so much time blending in and hiding behind the crowd. Yes, discovering your actual calling is difficult. It could take some time. There was a lot of testing and a lot of digging. It may seem strange at first, but as you start trusting your gut, you'll notice these clues from your inner voice, and you'll be able to finally start listening.
Take an apprenticeship because learning comes before earning. Taking an internship is the ideal approach to make rapid progress once you've decided on a field, subject, or talent to master. Focus on how much you can learn rather than how much money you can make. A higher-paying job will likely provide you with less assistance and education, which will pay for itself ten times over in the long run. You'd be better off now choosing a low-paying job with good mentoring, which will help you thrive in your profession far faster than making all the beginner's mistakes and learning the hard way. Yes, you should be compensated for your learning in order to create a win-win situation, but remember that learning has a lot higher return on investment than being compensated a little more.
After you've finished your apprenticeship, but all you've learned to the test. Not that finding, let alone completing, an apprenticeship is difficult enough, but the road to mastery becomes considerably more difficult. When you quit your apprenticeship to go out on your own, you must immediately discard all you've learned. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have created your own distinct style of craftsmanship, and only by allowing it to bloom will you be able to truly innovate and create something worthy of a true master. So, you'll never be finished learning.