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Mastery, by Robert Greene, is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. The book is important to all individuals who want to be highly skilled in their fields because it teaches everything one must do to achieve mastery. Robert Greene makes the book more interesting by using the lives of great folks such as Benjamin Franklin and Michael Faraday to explain how one can attain mastery in any field.

Here are 24 intriguing quotes I picked from mastery.

  1. ‘Many of the greatest masters in history have confessed to experiencing some kind of force or voice or sense of destiny that has guided them forward.’
  2. ‘All of us are born unique. This uniqueness is marked genetically in our DNA. We are a one-time phenomenon in the universe – our exact genetic makeup has never occurred before, nor will it ever be repeated.’
  3. ‘You must understand the following; in order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.
  4. ‘Scoff at the need for attention and approval – they will lead you astray.’
  5. ‘If change is forced upon you, you must resist the temptation to overreact.’
  6. ‘Do not dream or make grand plans for the future, but instead, concentrate on becoming proficient at these simple and immediate skills. This will bring you confidence and become a base which you can expand to other pursuits.’
  7. ‘Do not envy those who seem to be naturally gifted; it is often a curse, as such types rarely learn the value of diligence and focus, and they pay for this later in life.’
  8. ‘The greatest mistake you can make in the initial months of your apprenticeship is to imagine that you have to get attention, impress people, and prove yourself.’
  9. ‘It is better to dedicate two or three hours of intense focus to a skill than to spend eight hours of diffused concentration on it. You want to be as immediately as present to what you are doing as possible.’
  10. ‘In essence, when you practice and develop any skill, you transform yourself into the process. You reveal to yourself new capabilities that were previously latent, that are exposed as you progress.’
  11. ‘Although it might seem that the time necessary to master the requisite skills and attain a level of expertise would depend on the field and talent level, those who have researched the subject repeatedly come up with the number of 10,000 hours.’
  12. ‘To build anything well – a house, a political organization, a business, or a film – you must understand the building process and possess the necessary skills.’
  13. ‘You must value learning above everything else. This will lead you to all of the right choices.’
  14. ‘The people in your field, in your immediate circle, are like worlds unto themselves-their stories and viewpoints will naturally expand your horizons and build up your social skills. Mingle with as many different types of people as possible.’
  15. ‘When you enter a new environment, your task is to learn and absorb as much as possible. For that purpose, you must try to revert to a childlike feeling of inferiority – the feeling that others know much more than you.
  16. ‘To learn requires a sense of humility. We must admit that there are people out there who know our field much more deeply than we do. Their superiority is not a function of natural talent or privilege, but rather of time and experience.’
  17.  ‘Mentors do not give you a shortcut, but they streamline the process.’
  18. ‘Masters are those who by nature have suffered to get where they are. They have experienced endless criticisms of their work, doubts about their progress, and setbacks along the way.’
  19. ‘To make a discovery, to invent something that connects with the public, to fashion a work of art that is meaningful, inevitably requires time and effort. This often entails years of experimentation, various setbacks and failures, and the need to maintain a high level of focus.’
  20. ‘If you are doing something primarily for money and without real emotional commitment, it will translate into something that lacks a soul, and that has no connection to you. You may not see this, but you can be sure that the public will feel it and that they will receive your work in the same lackluster spirit it was created in.’
  21. ‘The higher the goal, the more energy you will call up from deep within.’
  22. ‘You must let go of your need for comfort and security. Creative endeavors are by their nature uncertain.’
  23. ‘As you work to free up your mind and give it the power to alter its perspective, remember the following: the emotions we experience at any time have an inordinate influence on how we perceive the world.’
  24. ‘You must always try to work with deadlines, whether real or manufactured. Faced with the slenderest amount of time to reach the end, the mind rises to the level you require.
  25. All of us have access to a higher form of intelligence, one that can allow us to see more of the world, to anticipate trends, to respond with speed and accuracy to any circumstance. This intelligence is cultivated by deeply immersing ourselves in a field of study and staying true to our inclinations, no matter how unconventional our approach might seem.’

Which of the above quotes from Mastery did you like the most?

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  1. Jenna Jackson

    July 21, 2019 at 4:49 am

    I must state ‘Amazing’.
    I felt like, I was reading about myself as though I was that person, as Everything I was reading explained everything about myself, and worded perfectly!! unbelievable??

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Top 30 Insightful Truths You Must Know Right Now

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Top 30 Insightful Truths You Must Know Right Now

In 2019, I shared over 70 harsh truths of life in two blog posts. Today, I’ll share 30 insightful truths I realized after thinking deeply about life.

  1. Stop labeling things and you’ll realize that everything is a miracle.
  2. The attachment to material things disappears when you stop seeking happiness in these things.
  3. Mostly, failed expectations are the main source of stress.
  4. The future is a form of memory because we use memory to imagine the future.
  5. There is no past or future because past and future exist in the mind. The present moment is all that will ever be.
  6. You can think about the past and the future, but you’ll never get out of the present moment.
  7. We condemn each other because we avoid studying ourselves.
  8. You’ll easily attain inner peace when you stop judging your thoughts.
  9. Every creature lives in its illusion. Man is the only animal that can see past the illusion.
  10. Beauty is spiritual: only man and God can recognize it.
  11. Man is special; he is the only creature that can rise to godliness through virtue
  12. You fear challenges because you dwell in the egoic state of consciousness
  13. You can’t destroy your ego, but you can rise above it.
  14. Check your thoughts and you’ll realize that a large percentage of them are negative.
  15. Worry occurs when you overanalyze the negative side of a situation.
  16. Every day, we have two great choices; we can move towards growth or step back into safety.
  17. Ignore the naysayers, they will always project their fears on you and eventually make you a negative thinker.
  18. Life only gets better when you get better.
  19. Prayer changes an event by enabling you to tune into your spiritual power. The spiritual power then changes things according to your desire. Remember, the spiritual is superior to the physical since it created it.
  20. Man is the only creature that refuses to accept life the way it is, and for this reason, he is the only creature that thinks life is suffering.
  21. We all want success but we avoid doing what it takes to be successful.
  22. Every creature is in tune with life. Man is the only creature that can choose whether to be in tune or not.
  23. Every creature uses its gift correctly. Man is the only creature that misuses his gifts.
  24. The world is an amazing magical place that we seldom bother exploring since we are focused on acquiring wealth and maintaining our ego.
  25. Constant worry and fear appear when you live in an illusion or when you live out of tune with life.
  26. Gratitude only arises when you realize that everything is a gift.
  27. Nothing can prevent an intelligent, all-powerful spirit that is obsessed with our survival (GOD) from answering our prayers.
  28. The most valuable things in life are free.
  29. Don’t share big plans with many people, most of them will discourage you.
  30. You only become wise when you accept that you don’t know anything.

THE END

You are welcome to add more insightful truths in the comment box below.

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17 Most Empowering Eminem Lyrics of All Time

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15 Most Empowering Eminem Lyrics of All Time

Eminem is my favorite rapper. I love most of his songs because they are emotional and I relate to them. Besides, I love the way he uses rap to encourage his fans to work hard, exploit opportunities, and cope with hard times. For this reason, I usually note down some of his powerful lyrics, which I love reading when taking a risk, stressed, or when I need motivation.

Two years ago, I shared the success lessons I learned from this rapper. Today, I’ll share some of his powerful lyrics.

Enjoy:

  1. ‘When I say I’ma do something, I do it, I don’t give a damn what you think, I’m doing this for me.’ – Not Afraid
  2. ‘Until the roof, comes off, until my legs give out from underneath me.  I will not fall, I will stand tall.’ – Till I Collapse
  3. That’s why we seize the moment, try to freeze it and own it. Squeeze it and hold it, cause we consider these minutes golden.’ –  Sing for the Moment
  4. ‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up, but you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face.’ –  Till I Collapse
  5. ‘I’ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt, undoubtedly, and all those who look down on me, I’m tearing down your balcony.’ – Not Afraid
  6. ‘The passion in the flame is ignited, you can’t put it out once we light it.’ – Forever
  7. ‘You’re so familiarized with what having to swallow this pill is like, it happens all the time, they take your heart and steal your life. And it’s as though you feel you’ve died, cause you’ve been killed inside. But yet you’re still alive, which means you will survive.’ – Beautiful Pain
  8. ‘You’ll never slow the momentum at any moment, I’m about to blow.’ –  No Love
  9. I’m a soldier. These shoulders hold up so much. They won’t budge. I’ll never fall or fold up.’ – Soldier
  10. I’m a soldier. Even if my collarbones crush or crumble. I’ll never slip or stumble.’ – Soldier
  11. ‘The moment, you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.’ – Lose Yourself
  12. I’ve been chewed up, and spit out, and booed off stage, but I kept rhyming and stepped right in the next cypher/competition.’ – Lose Yourself
  13. ‘Success is my only motherf*?king option, failure’s not.’ – Lose Yourself
  14. Throw the match, set the past ablaze.’ – Beautiful Pain
  15. ‘Life is too short and I got no time to sit around just wasting it.’ – That’s All She Wrote
  16. ‘Fighters keep fighting, put your lighters up point them skyward up.’ – Lighters
  17. ‘From now on I’m refusing to ever give up. The only thing I ever gave up is using more excuses.’ – Lighters

THE END

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