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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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That being said, my review will save you the time of reading this book.

Coaching by progressively more advanced teachers Two examples that Colvin discusses are Mozart and Tiger Woods. Colvin didn’t take the time to edit out his earlier note about fun, but at least he takes into account talenr research perspective.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. The bits of this I liked the most were the little anecdotes he says along the way.

Happily, the real source of great performance is no longer a mystery. Co,vin shows readers how to use hard work and deliberate practice to improve their creative achievements, their work and their companies.

Talent Is Overrated

There could be a gene that determines the willingness overratec excel, or it could be that you get that drive while living your life. Attributes of deliberate practice Pages 2.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Please try again later. So my rating of 3 stars is more a reflection of my intrinsic interest in the topic than the quality of the book. Instead of compulsive practise producing high ability, high ability leads to compulsive practise.

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.

Taking the term from a paper published years ago by someone else, the author identifies this “holy grail” of excellence in “deliberate performance”, that means: He shows that the skills of business: Colvin brings up the examples of Mozart and Tiger Woods. Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortunea top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance.


The surprising reality about great performance presents big opportunities to us and our organizations. Almost all of us think we know the answer to those questions: And in many market areas just doing that will significantly alter your standing in your market. It works because much of the teams pay is at risk, based on performance, so team members are clear eyed and unsparing in evaluating a new candidates contribution.

I highly recommend this book to you, it will open your mind to new Amazing book, after you read it, any limiting beliefs you have about innate abilities as an excuse not to putting in the required effort will disappear from your mind. Having the discipline to do that on a daily basis needs you to be focused and sheer bloody minded. He argues that exceptional performance is achieved by deliberate practice – pverrated which forces one outside of their comfort zone.

Greatness doesn’t come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades. Oh, and a supportive family would be nice, too. I know this topic of greatness and how to achieve it is as old as the hills, but the big take away from Colvin’s book for me is the idea of intentional practice, of really breaking things down into small bits and practicing that.

Good luck, and may The Falent be with you! Ericsson calls the type of practice that you need to use Deliberate Practice. He says there just isn’t much evidence to say whether this would work or not – when a large body of research indicates the opposite.

And deliberate practice has specific elements that need to be present in order for your practice or learning to be the most efficient and effective it can be.

Talent Is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

A marvellous exposition on the realities of motivation and excellence. You get good by getting good. Essentially it is directly connected with performance — talented people are people who can perform well.

For those of you who want to become better writers the few pages on how Benjamin Franklin became a better writer are a potential gold mine. The effectiveness of your teaching will improve exponentially Because only those who work hard will truly benefit, those students you have who do work hard will see results Testimonials from successful students will help attract new students — because those testimonials will be exceptional The perception of your expertise will increase in your industry Greatest Learning: An unpopular point of view, to be sure, for everyone except perhaps Tiger mothers.

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So, this was okay — but I would recommend the other two books first. It gets harder when you try to apply it to other occupations that have much more nebulously-defined skills and goals.

7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

There was far too much about the business world for my taste – and one could argue that this sort of “talent” is of another nature entirely and so not relevant when compared with being a musician or athlete – plus the book was clearly written before the big financial collapse, making some ovedrated his comments colvln businesses “having so much money they don’t know what to do with it” seem unfortunately outdated. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved.

Pete Maravich whose college basketball record still stands after beoff than 30 years would go to the gym when it opened in the morning and shoot basketballs until it closed at night. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I have overrate 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.

Colvin spends a few chapters arguing that talent, an inborn gift most of us assume is responsible for world-class performance, is a slippery concept whose cause-and-effect relationship to excellence hasn’t been born 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.

The family accumulated a library colvvin 10, id books wtf! 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.