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Mastery: Interviews with 33 Remarkable People Hardcover – September 25, 1997
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The interviews with scientists, engineers,musicians, artists,are each unique and well written. Combined, this book is in my top three of all time. Most books like this spend way too much time as a self-help style book. This one simply offers wonderful glimpses into the minds of human beings who became masters. Too bad more books aren't able to capture the essence of what means to become both a human and a master in your field. It's natural style makes it particularly good for anyone, even young people, however, the masters' remarkably unvarnished and insightful comments make it unusually helpful for those interested in complexity theory, neuroscience and philosophy of mind.
In my humble opinion, this is a much more in depth study of mastery than George Leonard's slim tome (grateful though I am for it) and there is wide agreement among those interviewed here about the path to mastery and its rewards and pitfalls. Interestingly, none of the interviewees regard themselves as masters, and most have a warm sense of humour.
Joan Ames has done a masterly job in arranging the interviews, in the focus of her interview questions and in editing and compiling the answers. Anyone interested in the path to mastery can't fail to be deeply indebted to her (and let's not forget the publisher) for this book. It's also beautifully designed.
If you're unable to find a copy of Mastery, I'd recommend the following (not in any order): Gene Landrum - Eight Keys To Greatness; Howard Gardner - Extraordinary Minds; Eugen Herrigel - Zen In The Art of Archery; Ken Carpone - The Virtuoso; Terry Orlick - In Pursuit of Excellence; Steven Pressfield - The War Of Art; John Schuster - Answering Your Call: A Guide To Living Your Deepest Purpose; and the most enchanting, Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull