The Stoic Philosophers nearly two millennia ago realized that brilliant minds appear to be the exception, and the age-old question, “are you born with genius or is it acquired,” is frequently asked. Greek philosopher Socrates, despite being very wise promoted the position that he “knew nothing.” Socrates did appreciate that we see glimpses of amazing intelligence when we feel uncommonly focused, in command and energized. While some possess this mastery intermittently, such as a pitcher in the final inning of the World Series Baseball game, others command this “super power” more regularly. Robert Greene explains in this book a process for acquiring Mastery. As with all skills, they are accessible to just about everyone and can be developed through practice.
There are several phases to becoming a Master; and there are no short cuts:
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