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Just stumbled on this post and really loved these brilliant nuggets. Thank you for summarizing the book so well. The section on loving the plateau was particularly fascinating. I'm going to be thinking about this for a while. “While goals are important, the real rewards in life can be found in the process, of how it feels to be alive, but we are never taught how to enjoy the plateau — so many of us indulge in self-destructive behaviours to escape it.” and "To love the plateau is to love the eternal now."

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I appreciate your thorough and detailed notes from the book summarized in your own words. I’m reading the book now, so it’s fun and helpful to re-read what I’ve read and discover what is ahead. Thank you for posting these.

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Jan 16Liked by John Durrant

This was a terrific summary John, thank you. It was inspiring, but in a nutrient-dense, whole food, broccoli sort of way :) I especially appreciated the finishing story of the judo master’s dying wish to be buried in his white belt. Just perfect.

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Jan 16Liked by John Durrant

It's hard to get Leonard's book over here in Prague, John, so this is a great overview. Thanks! A lot of your summary chimes with other books I've read on mastery, including Josh Waitzkin's Art of Learning, those writing for musicians such as Barry Green, Gerald Klickstein, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and chess authors such as Jeremy Silman and Jonathan Rowson. It's a rich field.

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Jan 16Liked by John Durrant

I very much appreciate this summary. Thank you.

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