Robert Greene

The Fine Art Of Mastery-Ideas from Robert Greene

Pakistani Writers Corner

“Follow the steps of masters before you” and you shall reach your desired goal. Robert Greene reiterates this statement several times in his book Mastery, which was published in 2012 and touched #6 on The New York Times Best Seller list.  We will see what mastery is and how it can be achieved, with the lens of this book.

The Myth, The Master, The Apprentice

Many people believe that the exceptional achievements of extraordinary masters like Mozart and DaVinci originated from natural talent and innate genius. Be that as it may, it’s just not true. There is no common connection between innate talent and mastery of a field or skill.

So, what steps does an ordinary individual take to become an expert?

The appropriate answer is precisely those steps taken by each master in history. Each found their field, occupied with an apprenticeship, built up an open and imaginative mind, and proceeded to accomplish dominance.

Mozart, Edison, Goethe, Einstein – the most applauded masters since forever completely followed a relative way to success. Greene argues that you don’t require innate abilities or a high IQ to turn into a master. Simply discover your field or subject and follow the means of the extraordinary masters before you.

Discovering Yourself

Greene then states that every one of us has an internal calling that guides us towards our work throughout everyday life – a field or skill that we wish to master. Have you at any point had the inclination that a field was made only for you and that working in that field is your fate? You have to believe that feeling!

Every one of us is one of a kind. So, for what reason is it, that we don’t all act as one of a kind? Because of amazing social strain to mix in, we stifle our uniqueness in the vain expectation that simply doing what every other person will keep us out of trouble.

Truth be told, a large number of history’s geniuses encountered a breakthrough when everything “made perfect sense” and they abruptly knew what they needed to do in their life. A lot of them felt that, during their whole lives, a power had guided them towards a specific field. For Leonardo Da Vinci, this “moment” was the point at which he stole sheets of paper from his father’s office with the goal that he could enjoy his profound interest and sketch animals in the woods.

Work to Learn

The author further adds that when entering a specific field don’t make money your priority. Then what should be our priority? When individuals search for a “route in” to a specific field – a temporary job or a first job – they regularly search for positions that guarantee the best financial reward. However, there are other factors to consider. For one, a job that offers you a chance to learn can be of way more worth than doing a job that only pays you well and doesn’t acquire you with skills.

Once you have learned the skill, there will be many positions available for you later, says the author. Consider professional boxer Freddie Roach: he decided to take an unpaid internship at a boxing place, utilizing his time there to build up the skills important to his career. With due time, his choice paid off; Roach, in the end, earned unquestionably far more money than if he’d taken a different paid job in the beginning.

The Advice of Sages

With the book reaching its climax, the author mentions a piece of priceless advice for the readers and that is: The most ideal approach to learn a skill is to have a mentor or a master who shows you the way. Learning new things is never simple. You can, however, make the procedure a lot simpler for yourself.

At the point when we attempt to gain some new useful knowledge all alone, we will in general commit preventable errors, and invest a lot of energy looking for the right method to get things done. The outcome? Time and resources are wasted. What you need is a master: somebody to guide you.

For example, consider how difficult it very well may be to start a new position and explore its workplace. Without direction, it’ll take much longer for the newcomer to gain proficiency with the ropes and discover his/her way around.

Be that as it may, you’re not the only one who benefits by having a master. Normally, a master and student build up a unique relationship from which both can benefit. The master considers the apprentice to be a younger version of himself/herself, and is hence captivated, and therefore positions resources into their future. Furthermore, as the student respects the master, he/she gives a lot of nearer consideration.


However, as a student, your advancement isn’t restricted by your master’s own limitations. Numerous popular students had masters whom they in the end outperformed. Alexander the Great, for instance, found out much about administering a state from the incredible philosopher Aristotle, and would later proceed to adjust and modify these lessons based on his own firsthand experiences.

Many students in the history of time, in the end, started to think imaginatively and created something exceptionally their own. For instance, Mozart got worn out on playing out the old piano collection, so he started to create his own music. He blended the styles he already knew, including his very own, unusual components. The outcome? His crowds were dazzled by his music’s creativity. So be daring and think in new manners, challenging the built-up rules of your time.

History teaches us that the apprenticeship model is one of the best models to learn and that, excellence can indeed be achieved through the fine art of mastery.


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  • Beautiful article, very well written and full of knowledge. Good work brother, keep writing.

  • I stumbled on the article recently when I was learning on how to get better at ‘learning’. Your thought has helped me understand a little. Would like to read more about finding a mentor.

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