Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

by George Leonard


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452267565
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 73,348
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

George Leonard was a writer, editor, and educator, who introduced Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice for centering the mind, body, and spirit. He was the author of a number of books on human possibilities and social change.

Timothy Andres Pabon is an actor and Spanish and English voice-over artist/audiobook narrator from Washington D.C. He has recorded over 140 books, one of which was nominated for a 2015 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Award and another which received an AudioFile Earphones Award as part of an ensemble cast in 2014.

Table of Contents


Part One: The Master's Journey
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
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
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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Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MarkCrowther on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A book everyone should read, smacks the modern give-it-me-now viewpoint in the face with a dose of stuff-takes-time-so-suck-it-up reality.
BionicButler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Now a classic in the self help category; this little book asks us to resist the temptation to become a "dabbler," and instead stick with something until we excel at it. Motivational and to-the-point. And who doesn't want long-term fulfillment?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fruitful, with knowledge of acceptance, understanding that things will be hard there will be plateaus. It takes patience and passion to push through. Large list of ideas an techniques to be fully encompassed in your exsistance and passions. Something I will consistently look back upon for lessons.
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keyboardmaniac More than 1 year ago
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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Scorpioluv2ride More than 1 year ago
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).
JT_Pedersen More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.