Readers around the world are embracing the message of Talent is Overrated. Business leaders, teachers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, students, coaches of many . The book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin is a book I recommend to everyone who wants to get better at something – whether that’s a lot. Excellent.”—The Wall Street Journal Since its publication ten years ago, businesspeople, investors, doctors, parents, students, athletes.

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7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

Read it Forward Read it first. The top 2 groups the best and better violinists, practised by themselves about 23 hours a week on average. Colvi I couldn’t put it down The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness.

Colvin spends a few chapters arguing that talent, an inborn gift most of us assume is responsible for world-class performance, is a slippery concept whose cause-and-effect relationship to excellence hasn’t been born The takeaway from this approachable book is that a particular kind of practice–what Colvin refers to as “deliberate practice”–is what allows mere mortals who include all of us, even Mozart, he argues to painstakingly climb toward world-class performance in our respective fields.

There are no shortcuts, and the most direct route is to start young and keep working maniacally as one ages. In his final paragraphs,Colvin states that: The thesis of the book is essentially to prove the saying that “perfect practice makes perfect” and he builds on Malcolm Gladwell’s idea in “Outliers” that you need 10, hours of practice to become an expert at Highly recommended book about how to achieve a high level of performance in any field or endeavor.


There were, inevitably, parts where Colvin got lost in the weeds but very few.

View all 4 comments. Mozart was composing as a child. Geoff Colvin takes on the age-old assumption that people who are the ‘great leaders’ of their field arrive on earth with an taalent talent.

What these performers do have in common is–surprise! And I think this book explains why Chinese There are numerous good points about this book: You’ll become a master. A continuation of the discussion I first read about in Malcolm Gladwell ‘s Outliers: He may rarely find himself in that predicament during a tournament, but its those little details that can bring huge rewards. Many people often use the excuse of talent as a foundation for excellence and Colvin explains how this is simply not the case.

Deliberate practice sounds dreadful, so, naturally, few people actually use it. And I wrote my own book on Deliberate Practice for bass guitar players β€” and incorporated the principles into my own learning and my teaching.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Therefore, the few that do will jump ahead of their peers. Intelligence is important, but not in the way we typically think.

Jun 13, Hank rated it really liked it. Readers around the world are embracing the overrsted of Talent is Overrated. This book is really motivating to read, it reveals the correct mindsets on how to achieve mastery in a certain field and become a high performer. The research has revealed answers that generalize quite well across a wide range of fields.

7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

Good luck, and may The Force be with you! And it will make your teaching more effective β€” probably by an exponential factor. Excellence can be attained only by spending countless hours over many years doing this kind of grueling practice, Colvin argues. Like several popularizations of social psychology theories I’ve read I read this as a primer to the study of expertise, which is something I’d like to learn more about academically.


This is easy -ier to do – not easy, but easier – in sports and music, fields with fairly narrowly-defined competencies and obvious end goals: Because the book tackles deep questions, such as: Colvin asks us to replace the idea that people are born gifted with the idea that anyone who’s willing talenh put in the time can do wond There have been a number of books lately that attempt to disabuse us of the myth of talent — that some people are born gifted, like Mozart or Tiger Overraated.

He shows readers how to use hard work and deliberate practice to improve their creative achievements, their work and their companies. Colvin brings up the examples of Mozart and Tiger Woods. Dec 04, Mark Fallon rated it it was amazing. Here are my big takeaways overraed the book: Cllvin link this to some of the work I did at Gallup with strengths.

This book was a good mixture of anecdotes, common overratedd and scientific studies.

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