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