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Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from EverybodyElse [Paperback]

Geoffrey Colvin
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May 25 2010
Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller

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.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliberate practice "hurts but it works." 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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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is overrated Sept. 6 2010
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Colvin's book can be summed up in two sentences: 1. Anyone who works really really hard can be an expert at anything, so go work really really hard. 2. The author has no idea why some people are motivated to work really really hard in a particular area and other people are not.

Colvin repeats the current 10,000 hour mantra based on research by Anders Ericson and others to support his thesis that geniuses are made and not born, but this assertion is not novel. For a more novel, interesting and readable pursuit of this topic, see Malcolm Gladwell's books "Outliers: The Story of Success" and, also by Gladwell: "What the Dog Saw". For a better pursuit of the idea that geniuses are made through "deep practice", not born, combined with an investigation into why some people are inspired to put in the time required to appear to be geniuses, see Daniel Coyle's "The Talent Code".
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! July 26 2011
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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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