Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from EverybodyElse Paperback – May 25 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
'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.
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.
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.
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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The book was received in very good condition as was mentioned in the sales add. Delivery took about 7 days. Happy with this transaction.Published on June 7 2011 by mythoughts