What can we learn about human nature and the way the world works from reading history? This is the territory of Robert Greene. He is the New York Times bestselling author of 48 Laws Of Power, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery, among other books. Combining the lessons of thousands of years, what do you learn about the fundamental subjects of seduction, power, and mastery? I called Robert to find out.
What's at the root of seduction? Surprise.
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Great seducers orchestrate surprise and never let the relationship become too familiar and boring.
Why is seduction such a lost art? We've all grown so self-absorbed we can't get out of our heads and into someone else's.
Why does deception work so well? Because people usually believe appearances. Here's Robert:
What should you do with your life? Robert says that the only way to survive the years of struggle required to master something is to do what you love.
How do you figure out what you love? First off, stop waiting for a lightbulb to suddenly appear over your head. Start trying things until something clicks.
What's the first step toward mastery? Throughout history the greats did apprenticeships. No, this doesn't mean you need to work for a shoemaker in Renaissance Italy. This is the grind. This is where you get the bulk of those 10,000 hours.
During your apprenticeship you never take a job for money — you take it for the skills you'll gain.
But how can we find the focus to do this in the age of zero attention span? In trying to become a master of something, the internet is your greatest friend — and your greatest enemy.
You must develop the discipline to ignore the distractions of the modern era if you ever want to be great.
Many of us are past our apprenticeship — but we're not experts. Why? What are we doing wrong? After your apprenticeship, to become truly great you must experiment. But most don't. They do what's safe and stagnate.
Being a master means challenging yourself.
You learn the rules then break the rules in order to rewrite the rules. That is how you become a master of your craft.
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