PDF Free Download | Interviews with the Masters A Companion to Robert Greene’s Mastery by Robert Greene
Introduction to Interviews with the Masters
There exists a form of power and intelligence that represents the high point of human potential. It is the source of the greatest achievements and discoveries in history.
These powers are something that great masters in all fields experience over long periods of time, and it comes to them through a process of learning and experimentation.
It is a path that all of us can follow. I discovered the elements of this process after some twelve years of intense study of powerful people and high achievers whom I wrote about in my first four books.
In going deep into their stories, I could piece together details that transcended their fields and indicated a universal pathway to power.
Many of the figures I had studied were mediocre students; they often came from poverty or broken homes; their parents or siblings did not display any kind of exceptional ability.
We normally imagine those who achieve great things in the world as somehow possessing a larger brain or some innate talent, giving them the raw materials out of which they can transform themselves into geniuses and Masters. Based on my research this did not seem to be the case at all.
Instead, this intelligence came from the intensity of the desire to learn and the process they went through to develop highlevel skill.
In the stories of the greatest masters—past and present—we can inevitably detect a phase in their lives in which all of their future powers were in development, like the chrysalis of a butterfly.
By looking at their various paths we can deduce an ideal apprenticeship that transcends their fields and indicates something essential about the brain and how we learn.
Throughout history we read of masters in every conceivable form of human endeavor describing a sensation of suddenly possessing heightened intellectual powers.
After years of intense absorption in a particular field over a long period of time (well past the 10,000 hour mark), they come to understand all of the parts involved in what they are studying.
They reach a point at which these parts become internalized and they are now seeing the whole, the dynamic itself of their particular field.
For example, the great chess Master Bobby Fischer spoke of being able to think beyond the various moves of his pieces on the chessboard; after awhile he could see “fields of forces” that allowed him to anticipate the entire direction of the match.
Albert Einstein suddenly was able to realize not just the answer to a problem, but a whole new way of looking at the universe, contained in a visual image he intuited.
The inventor Thomas Edison spoke of a vision he had for illuminating an entire city with electric light, this complex system communicated to him through a single image. In all of these instances, these Masters experienced the power of intuition, or a fingertip feel.