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Winning Through Intimidation

I borrowed "Winning Through Intimidation" by Robert Ringer from my friend Chris. The book is exceptionally good.

I've been meaning to review it, but I already returned the copy I borrowed to Chris. Thus, this review has been left undone for a long time.

That said, it ain't going to get any easier for me to review, so I've decided to stop dragging my heels and instead review it from memory.

First point - GET IT.

Highly, highly recommended. If possible, the original 1970's version - "Winning Through Intimidation." He toned it down and re-released it as "To Be Or Not To Be Intimidated? That Is The Question" about 10 years ago.

Mastery: The fast horse doesn't need the whip, thus doesn't learn to the deepest level

I'm reading "Mastery" by George Leonard.

The book is odd. It's excellent in some ways, it's an exceptionally grounded and pragmatic book. I recommend it.

But, it's a bit of a downer. For instance, I just read Donald Trump's "Think Big and Kick Ass", and after reading it, you feel ready to go climb a mountain, kill a lion with your bare hands, lay waste to an enemy army, and otherwise build an empire.

Mastery isn't like that. Mastery is someone reminding you that success doesn't come easy, that it's a long hard slog through lots of plateaus, and that you should enjoy the process because that's the only way you'll get through it.

In a way, it's an uplifting message if you can really internalize it. It'll help give you strength during the plateaus. It immediately answered some questions I've had recently. Recently I wrote in "A Strange Pattern I’ve Noticed in Productivity" -

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