I have recently been reading Robert Greene’s amazing books – well in audiobook format. I started with the ’48 Laws of Power’ and then ‘The Art of Seduction’ (that’s an eye opener – learned a lot of life lessons – he says that EVERYTHING in life is a seduction), now I’ve just finished his brilliant ‘Mastery’.
His books give tremendous insight into how to be socially and emotionally intelligent in order to get ahead in your career and life. His books basically tell you to forget everything that you have learned through formal education and instead shows you REAL life lessons that are highly applicable and useful to forging an incredible life and business.
‘Mastery’ says that it is very dangerous to be living life doing anything other than what you love or that is not ‘your calling’ or highest purpose. Greene says that you will inevitably be replaced by someone younger, more talented or more enthusiastic about the work.
The only source of security and the highest form of power is mastery in your beloved field of interest. Once you have notched up 10,000-20,000 hours of action/practice/work in your field, you achieve this level of mastery and your perspective is unique – i.e. NO ONE can replace you. You are a valuable asset to the world and your field of interest and work.
So how do you achieve mastery? Become an apprentice to someone who you admire and is aligned with your life purpose, be humble, learn all you can from then, move on and serve the world. Keep learning, connect your bodies of knowledge together. The money will come.
This book was so very inspiring to me because it basically validated to me that the very varied, organic and seemingly disjointed career I’ve had so far has been a very wise choice of action – studied law at uni, managed medical research for local health service, wrote legal policies for university, telesales, dance instructor, singer, now in my own online business (my calling – combining all these previous skills and experiences).
Check out the video of Robert Greene giving a presentation t the Oxford University Union about the path to mastery an let me know what you think in the comments below