Readers around the world are embracing the message of Talent is Overrated. Business leaders, teachers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, students, coaches of many . The book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin is a book I recommend to everyone who wants to get better at something – whether that’s a lot. Excellent.”—The Wall Street Journal Since its publication ten years ago, businesspeople, investors, doctors, parents, students, athletes.

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Impressive and loved this. I would have also liked a bit of discussion on how these hours of practice and focus might help non-world-class performers of which there are far more but that would have made a book twice as long and not as good. It’s a strong argument and as a former musician, I found it easy to agree with oveerated idea falent Although you might think you don’t need to read the book now, the way these performers practice and the environments they come out of make a huge difference.

There could be a gene that determines the willingness to excel, or it could be that you get that drive while living your life.

And then he would say, once they had finished. Why are certain people so incredibly great at what they do? This often leaves the reader in despair regretting the many idle hours they have wasted! The distinction between simple repetition or homework and deliberate practice–with its properties of feedback, focus on skills, and continual mental focus–also helps explain what a good practice regimen should involve.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? This book is really motivating to read, it reveals the correct mindsets on how to achieve mastery in a certain field and become a high performer.

Talent Is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

Dec 26, Nick rated it really liked it. If you know voerrated need to improve but have no idea how or what might help you are going to tend to give up. Sep 06, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: Another confusion is the difference between playing games and making great discoveries. You’ll become a master. On Monday I posted about a concept called Domain Maps. The takeaway from this approachable book is that a particular kind of practice–what Colvin refers to as “deliberate practice”–is what allows mere mortals who include all of us, even Mozart, he argues to painstakingly climb toward world-class performance in our respective fields.


7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

So, this was okay — but I would recommend the other two books first. Malcolm Gladwell explained that in his book outliers; simply spend 10, hours at a thing. There are numerous good points about this book: So, I guess I would recommend those two books rather than this one, except that there were some things about this that made the whole thing worthwhile.

Having the discipline to do that on a daily basis needs you to be focused and sheer bloody minded. I couldn’t put it down Your growth — both personal and business — will be astronomical. The Story Of Success – are high-achieving performers naturally talented or is it the overratdd of hard work?

All three daughters were home-schooled – their parents quit their jobs to devote themselves to their work — and the schooling consisted largely of chess instructions.

It renewed my drive to make the most out of the limited practice time I have by focusing relentlessly on my squeaky wheels I have a lot of them and setting specific, attainable goals for myself, not just a general aim of “getting better,” which is too vague and open-ended to get my butt in the practice chair with any kind of determination.

Want to Read saving…. And I think this book explains why Chinese There are numerous good points about this book: But I would recommend those first pages. From that question Colvin introduces the work of Anders Ericsson — via a detour looking at Mozart and Tiger Woods — and this leads to the inevitable conclusion that exceptional talent is achieved by focused practice applied over time.

By the time Mozart and Tiger Woods were teens, they already had over ten years of intense training and intentional practice and so looked like wizards compared to the other boys and girls their age. He shows readers how to use hard work and deliberate practice to improve their creative achievements, their work and their companies. In this context, I am reminded of Thomas Edison’s observation that “vision without execution is hallucination.


His practise routine from age involved hitting balls a day, 5 days a week. When you look into the details of such cases, you almost always find a passionate parent, a good understanding of the field of expertise, and hours and hours of practice.

7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

Readers around the world are embracing the message of Talent is Overrated. In that context socialization plays a huge role. Tapent people often use the excuse of talent as a foundation for excellence and Colvin explains how this is simply not the case. May 25, Pages. However, the liberating principle by which virtually anyone can achieve excellent performance is a breath ovdrrated fresh air, in a time when still too many people, while watching their favorite NBA or football player on TV, turn around and say to their kids “Wow, that guy is a genius!

It is a very straightforward read: But it is competently written, and for most part, gefof is engaging. This type of practice can be mentally taxing, and very time-consuming–it normally takes years before a truly excellent performance is honed.

Bringing together extensive scientific research, bestselling author Geoff Colvin shows where we go wrong talenh what actually makes world-class performers so remarkable. Suffice it to say now I have a two hour commute each day and usually listen to free podcasts about books or running, but I recently discovered that I can download audio books for free from the library via My Media Mall.

Talent Is Overrated

For colivn of you who want to become better writers the few pages on how Benjamin Franklin became a better writer are a potential gold mine. Without another word of instruction, the group immediately sings happy birthday to Mary. But that is a small section, and I’m nitpicking.