Robert Greene thinks intelligence is the most sensitive trigger point for envy. A sensible man would regard this “insight” somewhat suspiciously, because intelligence is also his greatest strength. But Mr Greene can say in his defence that he understands people really well. When he writes about the faults and foibles of little people, he does it with the authority of the highest level of scholarship. His erudition would put most academics to shame.
Mr Greene’s fifth book, Mastery, however, is not merely about politicking and power games; it describes what great achievers in history have in common. Mr Greene writes that there is nothing mystical about genius; it takes many hours of practice over years, perhaps decades, to achieve mastery in any field. There is nothing new here. What sets mastery apart is that it rejects many myths and simplistic dichotomies.
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