Posts for the Outwork Book Club will be continuous; I will post updates as I work through each book. Eventually I will encourage readers to follow along with me and add any insight or pose questions about the central themes of the book. This is what we call a living document; mostly because it doesn’t immediately die as soon as it becomes published like everything else. It is something that is continuously updated and changed overtime to reflect the newest information
There is no name more recognized than Tony Robbins in the world of personal achievement.
I’ve watched many of his videos and dabbled with some of his audio stuff in the past but I am reading Unlimited Power for the first time. I am not sure why it has taken so long to rediscover his work, because it is simple, applicable, and easy to replicate. Results from Robbin’s ideas have been reproduced so many times that it should be regarded as a framework for personal development.
Robert Greene’s work on Mastery is a masterpiece in itself- the best of the best for a glimpse into what it takes to achieve the pinnacle of human potential.
Greene is a master researcher, the singular skill that makes his books tower above others. He has mentioned (podcast) that he spends a year reading before he even begins to write a book. One solid year of working through every conceivable piece of work, developing ideas and piecing together information for his book. Using his notecard system, he then compiles thousands of note cards into stacks of information that correlate to different aspects of the book.
Months of endless refining would reveal a masterwork. Ryan Holiday would call them perennial sellers, books that endure the test of time.
Forged from the hands of a master is the premier book on mastery itself. Better than Outliers and more thorough than Talent, it is a full discourse into supreme intelligence: the power that emanates from those who are masters.
Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The ultimate power of a human is to realize the potential of mastery.
History remembers masters. Empires are ruled by masters. The greats of the past and the fames of the future are all masters.
Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activities as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated. – Johann Wolfgan von Goethe
The thing about mastery is that every person possesses the opportunity and the right to achieve its pinnacle. It is not reserved for the talented, the gifted, or the born rich. Robert Greene refers to mastery as a feeling of “it,” when we achieve a greater command of reality, other people, and ourselves.
It is the result of a process. Nothing special or extraordinary, but quite plain and dull. Through repetition, we gain access to insights and we begin to make connections that enable greater learning and effort.
The level of master starts at the beginning. It is achieved through raw effort and through the accumulation of time.
The philosopher king Marcus Aurelius noted: “Do not think what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; and if it is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.”
Tim Ferriss’ new book Tribe of Mentors is a compilation of advice from some of the best in the world.
They come from the most diverse of backgrounds, including CrossFit Games champions (both male and female winners), authors like Steven Pressfield , bloggers like Tim Urban, ultra-successful investors like Ray Dalio, and performance psychologists Michael Gervais and Jim Loehr. Not to mention Jimmy Fallon, Tim McGraw, and Tony Hawk.
Several years of interviewing has led Tim to craft a series of 11 questions meant to prompt actionable advice. Tim has sequenced each question in way meant to yield deeper responses each time, hoping to “tease out” the tidbits of information that have propelled these individuals to the top of their fields.
This is not an easy endeavor, because high performers are masters of doing and even Pressfield, who authored one of the most popular creative self-help books of all-time, struggles to describe the journey that took him from unemployed screenwriter to master of craft.
You’ll notice immediately that the process is different for everyone. But if you look below the surface, you will notice that there is always a process, borne out of necessity and self-awareness. [Read more…]