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Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from…

by Geoff Colvin

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An interesting look at what makes anyone - from Mozart to you and me - good at anything. According to Geoff Colvin, all it takes is time and persistence, helped along by a predisposition to enjoy the subject, which is pretty essential if you are to spend so much of your life doing it! I found this convincing and inspirational. ( )
  Cinnamon_Heart | Apr 20, 2016 |
Narrated by David Drummond. Author Colvin argues that no one such as Tiger Woods is born to be a world-class performer. Such talent does not come out of the blue but rather through deliberate practice and acquired knowledge of one's domain. Mentoring, encouragement and taking on challenging tasks and skills are also part of adding to one's performance. He cites research studies to support his theory although he couldn't quite answer why some very young toddlers fixate on an activity and do well in it. He discusses also how to apply his theory in the workplace. Although interesting, it was difficult for me to follow while in the gym. No more business books during my workout! ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Deliberate practice is not "normal" for many activities. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Rating 3.25
This book points out how Talent is not all what we think it is. He goes into story after story of greatly famous people in sports or business like Tiger Woods and Jack Welch. Colvin points to years of practice and not just practice but deliberate study is what propelled these people to a greater success than most people can ever think of attaining. He emphasis' how we think people just showed up great when in reality it is years of dedication and learning that has brought the success not just a stroke of talent. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
Rating 3.25
This book points out how Talent is not all what we think it is. He goes into story after story of greatly famous people in sports or business like Tiger Woods and Jack Welch. Colvin points to years of practice and not just practice but deliberate study is what propelled these people to a greater success than most people can ever think of attaining. He emphasis' how we think people just showed up great when in reality it is years of dedication and learning that has brought the success not just a stroke of talent. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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An expansion on the author's popular Fortune article, "What It Takes to Be Great," builds on his premise about success being linked to the practice and perseverance of specific efforts, in a full-length report that draws on scientific principles and real-world examples to demonstrate his systematic process at work.… (more)

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