Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-class Performers From Everybody Else by Geoff ColvinTalent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-class Performers From Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-class Performers From Everybody Else

byGeoff Colvin

Paperback | May 25, 2010

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Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn't support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers.

According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-"deliberate practice"-that few of us pursue when we're practicing golf or piano or stockpicking. Based on scientific research, Talent is Overrated shares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice-including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer.
Geoff Colvin, Fortune’s senior edi­tor at large, is one of America’s most respected journalists. He lectures widely and is the regular lead modera­tor for the Fortune Global Forum. A frequent television guest, Colvin also appears daily on the CBS Radio Net­work, reaching seven million listeners each week. He coanchored Wall Street Week...
Title:Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-class Performers From Everybody ElseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.42 × 0.66 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1591842948

ISBN - 13:9781591842941


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must Read! If you enjoy Malcom Gladwell's book "outliers" you'll enjoy this book. Fascinating! One of my top reads of 2017!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We can all be better The big take-away from Colvin's book is: great achievement is the result of deliberate practice, with what we might consider innate talent being secondary. As parent's, this idea could influence how we encourage our children and with what intensity we require them to practice in a given field. Adults, however, are not beyond hope of greatness with adequate focus and commitment to a chosen field. Colvin supports this idea through stories of great business leaders who, as he points put, showed no special promise early in their careers. The key seems to be in finding what interests you most -- what you are driven to learn more about -- and then doing everything you can to practice the necessary skills to be better at it.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book changed my thinking This book gives clear insight into how people learn, and the important of not just practice, but intentional practice. I learned three key things from is book that stick with me: 1. You are not born with it, it is learned. 2. Simply doing something is not the same as practicing it 3. It takes 10,000 hours of intentional practice to become an expert. This book changes the view that we are good at some things, and not good at others. We can be good at anything if we are willing to put the effort into practicing that activity.
Date published: 2012-12-25

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