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
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…]
The near mythical training facility Gym Jones (website) produces superhumans.
Maybe you’ve seen the viral videos of the actors for the movie 300? It was a depiction of regular guys transforming into mega jacked, ultra fit, Spartan Warriors.
The allure of Gym Jones is unmistakable. The website, the access to the their content, their single location somewhere in Salt Lake City, it all seemed like the stuff borne of legends.
Hailing from this proving ground is Bobby Maximus (or Robert MacDonald if you want to be boring), a giant man of muscle that is capable of producing elite level cardiovascular output on pain-inducing contraptions like the airbike, C2 rower, and SkiErg.
However, his primary weapon is his mind, which makes him seem like a literal philosopher’s stone. [Read more…]
Dan John (website) is the quintessential academic strongman. He exemplifies the idea of being strong and smart, with the unique ability to write about his endeavors in a meaningful way.
His books are easy to read, yet packed full of quality information. Despite his academic background as a FullBright Scholar and university professor, he writes like a best friends letter. When you read his advice, you almost feel like he is speaking directly to you. He doesn’t cite research studies but often talks about how he discovered these ideas in the early 1970s, giving him over 30 years of empirical evidence. He also competes as an Olympic Weightlifter, Highland Games athlete, and discus thrower, giving him the insights of a performer and not just an observer.
Fitness writers are rarely able to provide such unique perspectives. [Read more…]