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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Updated edition (May 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591842948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591842941
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Geoff Colvin has written a fascinating study of great achievers from Mozart to Tiger Woods, and he has brilliantly highlighted the fact that great effort equals great success.I agree, and Talent Is Overrated is not only inspiring but enlightening. It's a terrific read all the way through."-Donald Trump

"Talent Is Overrated is a profoundly important book. With clarity and precision, Geoff Colvin exposes one of the fundamental misconceptions of modern life-that our ability to excel depends on innate qualities. Then, drawing on an array of compelling stories and stacks of research, he reveals the true path to high performance-deliberate practice fueled by intrinsic motivation. This is the rare business book that will both prompt you to think and inspire you to act."-Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

About the Author

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 on PBS for three years. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.


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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2008
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Colvin set out to answer this question: "What does great performance require?" In this volume, he shares several insights generated by hundreds of research studies whose major conclusions offer what seem to be several counterintuitive perspectives on what is frequently referred to as "talent." (See Pages 6-7.) In this context, I am reminded of Thomas Edison's observation that "vision without execution is hallucination." If Colvin were asked to paraphrase that to indicate his own purposes in this book, my guess (only a guess) is that his response would be, "Talent without deliberate practice is latent" and agrees with Darrell Royal that "potential" means "you ain't done it yet." In other words, there would be no great performances in any field (e.g. business, theatre, dance, symphonic music, athletics, science, mathematics, entertainment, exploration) without those who have, through deliberate practice developed the requisite abilities.

It occurs to me that, however different they may be in almost all other respects, athletes such as Cynthia Cooper, Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lorena Ochoa, Candace Parker, Michael Phelps, Vijay Singh, and Tiger Woods "make it look so easy" in competition because their preparation is so focused, rigorous, and thorough. Obviously, they do not win every game, match, tournament, etc. Colvin's point (and I agree) is that all great performers "make it look so easy" because of their commitment to deliberate practice, often for several years before their first victory. In fact, Colvin cites a "ten-year rule" widely endorsed in chess circles (attributed to Herbert Simon and William Chase) that "no one seemed to reach the top ranks of chess players without a decade or so of intensive study, and some required much more time.
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Some books are easy to read, but offer little value. Others are the opposite, only you don't get much from it due to the poor writing.

'Talent is Overrated' is a nice combination of being an easy ready with a wealth of useful information. Great book. It really has an impact on your world view. I feel a new respect for skilled individuals.
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A very important book to have and for sure one of the more influential books I have read in a while.

Based on research, its shows how we misconceive talent and overall factors to success.

There are many inputs to success, as it seems to me now after reading this great book, "talent" as I understood it before is not one of them.
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Ce livre indique avec des études et des statistiques ce qui fonctionne et ce qui mène à l'échec, lorsqu'on veut améliorer ses performances dans n'importe quel domaine.

On passe par quelques chapitres avant de comprendre ce qu'est réellement la « pratique délibérée », mais il n'est pas difficile de se rendre à la fin d'une page.
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If you want the latest research on high achievers and talent, then this book is for you. Just note, it isn't really a warm-fuzzies motivational speech stretched into 11 chapters like the concept may imply. Rather, it can be depressing, even challenging, at times. But don't let this discourage you. It was a fantastic read.
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