Mastery brings together the tales of many masterful personalities who have achieved success, including pilots, writers, scientists, and musicians. The book focuses on how anybody can become a master if they follow six important steps.
The author explores the lives of great figures like Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Paul Graham, V.S. Ramachandran, and Freddie Roach among others and points out the common traits that have set these people apart from the rest.
Greene highlights six important actions that are needed to gain mastery. He insists that it is important to discover one's calling and understand which vocation is really suitable for each individual. He also focuses on the importance of apprenticeship and acquiring skills.
The book emphasizes the need to absorb the powers of one's master and the necessity of learning from all. It includes chapters on social intelligence and the fusion of the intuitive mind with the rational one.
Mastery also discusses other aspects such as seeing things from a fresh perspective and truly observing people rather than judging them. Remaining emotionally detached and taking criticism in stride is also important.
Readers are advised to develop childlike curiosity and a sense of wonder to arouse a creative spirit. They are also called upon to use their imaginative powers and be receptive to fresh ideas.