Visual book notes: Mastery (Robert Greene)

Mastery (by Robert Greene) is a book about discovering your calling, creating your own apprenticeship, and building mastery. It lists different strategies you can take, although the strategy names are often esoteric – you’ll need to read the stories in order to figure out what they mean. Anyway, if you do make it through the book, here’s a one-page summary to help you remember parts of it.

2014-04-16 Book - Mastery - Robert Greene

2014-04-16 Book – Mastery – Robert Greene

There are other books on this topic that I like a little more. Cal Newport’s So Good They Can’t Ignore You is more approachable. Still, Mastery was a decent reminder of the value of apprenticeship, and the stories were interesting. I particularly liked the anecdote about Michael Faraday (as in Faraday’s law and Faraday cages), who apparently used sketchnotes to network with Humphry Davy. Faraday took copious, well-organized notes of Davy’s lectures, and gave them to him as a gift. That started a mentoring relationship, and Faraday became Davy’s lab assistant and amanuensis. Some interesting details can be found at Science Shorts and Academia.edu . I think that picking up yet another historical role model for awesome note-taking made reading Mastery worth it for me. =)

  • http://davebolton.net David Bolton

    I found this book really hard going — I wanted to like it, but it disappointed me a lot (for some of the reasons you mentioned.)

    My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/480661778

  • http://build22.org/ Jade Nagaraja

    This is a fantastic synopsis. Thanks for sharing this!

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      Glad you like it! I find it very useful to make notes like these for myself, and it’s great that they can help other people remember useful points from books too. =)

      • http://build22.org/ Jade Nagaraja

        Cool! It was truly helpful. Keep up :)