Meditations on Power and Mastery | Robert Greene


April 9th, 2021

56 mins 30 secs

Season 11

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About this Episode

Robert is the legendary number one New York Times best-selling author of six books exploring topics ranging from the nature of power, to strategies for war, to seduction, and the development of mastery.





[00:11:36] "The world that we all take for granted was built by people with ambition. And so there's nothing selfish about it. It's the desire and the want to create things to contribute to society."

[00:16:03] "We are seeing an epidemic of irrationality, of people who have completely loosened themselves from science, from reality, from truth, you know, and it's frightening. "

[00:24:28] "That's what all great thinkers and entrepreneurs innovators do. They simply imagine something else. They imagine other possibilities in the world."

[00:42:06] "Don't be afraid of that. Don't be afraid to fail. Don't be afraid to get a little bit lost, as long as you have an overall sense of direction."

[00:50:16] "It takes so much more minutia. It's a more arduous process to get to that stage of creativity."

[00:52:15] "And second of all, that reading my books can actually change who you are, can change how you think and how you look at the world."


[00:01:21] Guest introduction

[00:02:31] We learn about where Robert is from

[00:04:07] What kind of kid were you in high school?

[00:05:12] Robert talks to us about some interesting experiences he had while traveling across the country at age 17

[00:07:45] What Robert thought his future would look like

[00:10:20] Do you ever get jealous or feel envious of people who don't have ambition?

[00:14:39] How do you see history repeating itself in 2021 and beyond?

[00:19:00] Which aspect of human nature is going to kind has been sending us off in this direction of irrationality and into this revolutionary type of age?

[00:23:27] What would be the keys of power or the keys to power in this situation?

[00:32:38] Robert suffered a stroke in 2018, he shares his progress on the road to recovery

[00:34:12] How 50 Cent help inspire Robert to write Mastery – and he share stories about 50 Cent’s work ethic

[00:37:26] Robert talks about the six stages of mastery

[00:42:36] Robert shares some tips on how to go about finding a mentor

[00:46:46] What would you say is the difference between art and science?

[00:50:57] It’s 100 years in the future, what do you want to be remembered for?

[00:52:56] The Random Round

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