Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

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"The pracitcal wisdom in George Leonard's book will have a great influence for many years to come."
—Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Future of the Body

Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author Gorge 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. Whether you're seeking to improve your career or ...

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Overview

"The pracitcal wisdom in George Leonard's book will have a great influence for many years to come."
—Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Future of the Body

Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author Gorge 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. Whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achive success in all areas of your life.

In Mastery, you'll discover: The 5 Essential Keys to Mastery Tools for Mastery How to Master Your Athletic Potential The 3 Personality Types That Are Obstacles to Mastery How to Avoid Pitfalls Along the Path
. . . and more

The author of The Ultimate Athlete has spent much of his life seeking to master the ancient and demanding martial art of aikido, in which flaws are magnified and the quick fix is impossible. He soon learned that mastery is a journey, and that the master must have the courage to risk failure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452267565
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 90,980
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.09 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

George Leonard has introduced LET to more than 50,000 people in the United States and abroad. He is the author of a number of books on human possibilities and social change, including Mastery (Plume 1992), and lives in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: The Master's Journey
Introduction
1. What Is Mastery?
2. Meet the Dabbler, the Obsessive, and the Hacker
3. America's War Against Mastery
4. Loving the Plateau

Part Two: The Five Master Keys
Introduction
5. Key 1: Instruction
6. Key 2: Practice
7. Key 3: Surrender
8. Key 4: Intentionality
9. Key 5: The Edge

Part Three: Tools for Mastery
Introduction
10. Why Resolutions Fail - and What to Do About It
11. Getting Energy for Mastery
12. Pitfalls Along the Path
13. Mastering the Commonplace
14. Packing for the Journey

Epilogue: The Master and the Fool

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    If you want to master it - THIS IS YOUR BOOK!

    I am a musician. I was "stuck" several years ago and needed a breakthrough. MASTERY provided the necessary tools for that breakthrough. It's principles continue to guide me, especially when I feel that I'm not progressing as quickly as I should. I have recommended this book to several people and have given copies to graduating seniors. Thank you Mr. Leonard for sharing your wisdom.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Get some new determination in your life

    This book helps you touch in with who you are and where you are going. Great methods for determining, setting and achieving your goals. Quick read (I've read it twice and gifted it three times).

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    As current for the times in '92, as it is now, in '09. Will we ever learn?

    IN a prior reading there was a short excerpt from this book. Wanted to read more. Glad I did.

    George Leonard published the book in '92 and, again, it is yet another book written in another time (just after the S&L debacle) which is as current now as it was then.

    Mr. Leonard, a martial arts expert, discusses how today's America seems to reject the notion of mastery, looks at it for what it is, and discusses ways for each of us to get on the path toward mastery ourselves.

    A key theme that I agree with, America has become too expectant of repetitive climactic moments, of immediate gratification (e.g. why work, 'I can win the lottery' ads). It cannot be maintained. Continual work on the path toward mastery, toward -long term- execution, is a must.

    You can read my blog post after having completed the book, at www.jtpedersen.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Homeostasis.....

    Great book! I found a lot of interesting concepts in here including the concept of homeostasis (forgot about that one from Biology!), how the body eventually will automatically always return to its original state as a way of protecting itself and how that also applies to the mind. The topic of practice and muscle memory and why you need to practice over and over before your muscle memory kicks in to do a particular task before it becomes second nature. And the discussion on how America has become a society of immediate gratification, without the benefit of practice, commitment and mastery, the values that are lost in this lifestyle. The author discusses learning to love the practice and finding peace and satisfaction in your daily life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    If it is good for Brian Buffini it is good for me!

    Great lessons to move from success to significance and from survival to success. This book demystifies our quick fix society and replaces it with good hard specific action steps practices over the long haul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    Excellent

    This is an excellent book! I have been spending years trying to find the keys to a happy and succcessful life and I can confidently say that this book gave me some valuable insights. I truly recommend this book. I also liked Rhythm, Relationships, and Transcendence by Toru Sato. It is also a fascinating book on this topic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    A brilliant take on the subject of Zen in the Art of Life

    George Leonard's 'Mastery' brings to light the philosophy of the Far East residing in the realm of aikido and shows the way this philosphy can be applied to all aspects of life. He sums up the 'path of mastery' in one simple word, practice, as well as the love of practice for its own sake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    Excellent Way To Experience Success!!

    This book is especially exciting and rewarding for those who have tried to pick up a hobby or skill and found it more frustrating than joyful. It shares the secrets to success and fullfillment available through Mastery.

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