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Mastery: Robert Greene (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene)

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In a way, it's a pity that technology has brought so many masterful performances into our homes... And on television we can watch top athletes, dancers, ice skaters, singers, actors, comics, and pundits, all giving us their best. Compared to this, how can we even talk about mastery? Then there are those of us who are simply self-critical. Even without comparing ourselves to the world's greatest, we set such high standards for ourselves that neither we nor anyone else could ever meet them—and nothing is more destructive to creativity than this. We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It's about a process, a journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try, and fail, and try again, for as long as he or she lives." Not that an apprenticeship isn’t hard enough to find, let alone complete, but no, the path to mastery becomes even harder. Once you leave your apprenticeship to venture out on your own, you have to immediately throw everything you learned out of the window. As part of our commitment to improving Power Maths, we are adding Individual Practice Games to Power Maths this June! Good idea: having dinner with the family each night is a form of practice, one that you can commit to just as passionately as practicing your craft. To fulfill this, I aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level.

Why do we resist our own most constructive and creative impulses and squander our best energy on busywork?" (pg 120)

Cool example of ritual: some surgeons wash their hands and put on their gowns in the same fashion before each surgery. It’s the pattern and ritual of it that sets their mind in the right place for performance. Discover - an activity or questions that parents can use to enthuse their child and prompt curiosity. Power Maths is the only mastery programme created in partnership with White Rose Maths, which makes it the perfect partner to use alongside the progressions and schemes of learning. What I really liked about this book is that it can be first used as an introduction to the topic of mastery but then it serves as a step by step guide to making mastery a part of your life. The instruction starts with the reasons why mastery is so rarely practiced these days and the various things people default to instead. Mastery takes extreme discipline and love for practice and improvement. This is something our society rarely has the patience for with our “get it done yesterday” attitude. Like most things in life, it all starts with humble learning and instruction. I encourage you to begin today. Enjoy the practice.

I managed to collect some interesting quotes during my reading which I would like to share with you all below :This book delves deep into the concept of deliberate practice and offers practical insights and strategies to optimize your learning and achieve mastery. Goals and contingencies, as I've said, are important. But they exist in the future and the past, beyond the pale of the sensory realm. Practice, the path of mastery, exists only in the present. You can see it, hear it, smell it, feel it. To love the plateau is to love the eternal now, to enjoy the inevitable spurts of progress and the fruits of accomplishment, then serenely to accept the new plateau that waits just beyond them. To love the plateau is to love what is most essential and enduring in your life. "

The people we know as masters don't devote themselves to their particular skill just to get better at it. The truth is, they love to practice—and because of this they do get better. And then, to complete the circle, the better they get the more they enjoy performing the basic moves over and over again." I really liked the idea of linking commonplace everyday chores with the master's journey. The master, looks at everything as a chance for practice. The whole journey of mastery is practice. In the "master"'s point of view, practice is a never ending journey in itself.But genius, no matter how bright, will come to naught or swiftly burn out if you don't choose the master's journey. This journey will take you along a path that is both arduous and exhilarating. It will bring you unexpected heartaches and unexpected rewards, and you will never reach a final destination. (It would be a paltry skill indeed that could be finally, completely mastered.) You'll probably end up learning as much about yourself as about the skill you're pursuing." The plateaus, the ups, and the downs are even greater in our relationships than in other areas of life. And you will discover that your greatest learning happens on the plateaus.

Morph Mastery gave her a new spring in her step and both her reading and writing improved significantly.” The human individual is equipped to learn and go on learning prodigiously from birth to death, and this is precisely what sets him or her apart from all other known forms of life. Man has at various times been defined as a building animal, a working animal, and a fighting animal, but all of these definitions are incomplete and finally false. Man is a learning animal, and the essence of the species is encoded in that simple term." George Leonard explains these in his touchstone book, Mastery. The more that I see attempted transformations at work I realize that a big problem is that 'we' don't have a clue about learning. We just aren't in the habit of big change frequently. As one that endured night school for almost 5 years I am coming at change from the other side. Leonard gives us the tools to take what interests and excites us and to apply the keys to mastery to allow us unreal success. Someone intently dedicated to success is just as strongly dedicated to mastery. The journey is endless which in turn makes the fulfillment just as eternal as we live our lives. As you read each chapter think about your mentors and heroes or the famous greats of the past. Be it Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Ben Franklin or whoever you look up to. They all had something in common. They were masters of their life’s passion and have been practicing since the beginning.These clear, attractive and engaging books make maths at home fun and accessible! The lessons follow a simplified Power Maths format that inspires enjoyable parent-child learning sessions: Homeostasis, remember, doesn't distinguish between what you would call change for the better and change for the worse. It resists all change. " Practice (n) - something you have, something you are, something you practice on a regular basis that is an integral part of your life (pg 74) / "He does it just to enjoy himself." On learning: For mastering most skills, there’s nothing better than being in the hands of a master teacher.

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