Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, best-selling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives.

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Key Takeaways

  1. Mastery more a process, a journey, than an end point.
  2. The master’s journey is mainly one of plateaus. Progress comes in spurts and is not a clean curve. Practice and enjoy the plateau.
  3. 4 archetypes: the master, the dabbler, the obsessive and the hacker. The dabbler has a lot of enthusiasm that wares off. The obsessive is results oriented person and a perfectionist. The hacker loves the plateau but progress scares him. The master embraces the plateaus and thrives in them
  4. Boredom comes in the endless search for novelty. Meaning from mindful practice.
  5. 5 master keys – consistent practice, surrender to the process, intentional goal setting, embracing the edge and push beyond the comfort zone, great patience.
  6. Honor but don’t indulge your shadow side.
  7. The human being is the type of machine that wears away from lack of use.
  8. There are no seams in life, they all overlap. Mastery can be applied to anything you do.

What I got out of it

  1. This book is a great tool when you are looking to gain mastery of anything in your life.  This can be a new hobby, an intimate relationship or even your skill set at work. I found this to be a great guide on how to have success in all areas of your life. 

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