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Talent is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else:Donald-trump

Geoff Colvin
Geoff Colvin Published in October 20, 2018, 4:27 am
 Talent is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else:Donald-trump

Talent is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else:Donald-trump


Melvin Reply to on 24 December 2011
I've got mixed feelings about this book. The author deals with various topics, examples and cases from fields like sports, business and arts in order to find out what the ingredients of exceptional performance are. This overview doesn't result in a coherent analysis, let alone model, to answer the question.

Some of the chapters are mildly interesting but only a few concepts, that Colvin briefly touches upon, really appealed to me:
- The concept of metacognition
- The Whiz Kids that Ford brought in after World War II to drastically increase their performance
- The dream team that Herb Brooks put together for the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980
- The conclusion that legendary top executive teams are nearly always pairs, who developed deep trust over many years and produced outstanding results.

All in all this doesn't live up to its promise but has its thought provoking moments.
Rubén C
Rubén C Reply to on 12 June 2012
Other books in goal achieving just point directions, use opinions and avoid facts. This one tries to give a very deep insight, a thesis, on what is great performance and how greatest performers achieved it. Take that as a warning, this is not the most easy to read book I ever bought, you could find the first part of the book (60 pages or so) a bit slow, but as any scientific paper does, it settles the scenario to talk about the subject in depth and gives the reader the oportunity to follow it.

Talent is overrated gives dozens of examples of great performance based on deliberate practice, gives referenced notes of every paper or research named in the book and takes the time to argue why some ways of training work better than others.

The author gives some advice on how to use this on companies and teams, how to avoid what most organizations do to destroy any chance of great performance and deliberate practice. This part is very interesting if you are starting a business or planning to do so.

I am sorry for those who claim, after reading it, that talent is necessary to achieve greatness, because they just won't have any of it. In fact, I could place a bet here: you, the naysayers, go and ask any great performer, go and ask any great sportsman, any business "prodigy", any "talented" musician or scientist. Tell them that they are the best in their fields because they had a "gift", tell them that they didn't work HARDER AND BETTER (which is more hours but also, and more importantly, well planned time and objectives) than anybody else. They will laugh at the idea.

Michellangelo Buonarroti, arguably the greatest artist of all time, said: "If they knew how much work it takes, they wouldn't call it genius". But, you know, he also said (or they say he said) something that made him unable to believe in such as thing as "Talent", he said "criticize by creating". So I will try to help instead of arguing on the internet, which I found is not the best way for deliberate practice:

I recommend this book for those trying to excel in any field, and would recommend this other books in particular, as they helped me a lot:

Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning For those trying to be something at sports. This book gives good advice, but not easy to follow tips. This is deliberate practice.
E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It This is a classic most of you already know, read it if you are trying to run a successful business.
Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done, Today! Very short and easy to read, but worth every single word. A deliberate practice manual. Recommended for everyone.
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton Feynman was a genius, or so called. He surely was one of the greatest minds of the last century, but you will learn (and have lots of fun on the way) that he was trained, raised from his early years, to be a curious mind, to be eager to learn WHY everything happened. This book is also a very important read if you are looking for deliberate practice, other books teach you what to do, this one tells you to have fun with it.
Dr. Peter Davies
Dr. Peter Davies Reply to on 25 September 2009
This book is both an inspiration, and a challenge. It tells you that you can achieve great things...but only at the price of long, arduous and disciplined practice. Likewise if you have already got yourself to some level of performance that is good, but if you want to go further you may need to do much, much more than just redouble your efforts. In this its ideas dovetail with those of Marshall Goldsmith and his book, "What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful"

This book is a great corrective to views such as "it's all in the genes" or "he came from the right sort of house" or "people round here just can't do that." You cannot completely deny the power of genes and environment, but this book shows how how can make great use of both, to further your performance level at a certain task.

This book shows why truly great performance is rare- the combination of opportunity and willingness to stick to disciplined practice for long enough is actually rare. But it is also optimistic in that it shows how most of us could raise our performance level when we have a need and reason to do so.

An enjoyable book, with a useful message, and easy to read. I can recommend it to those readers who are interested in understanding and improving either their own or their colleague's performance.
Jose A
Jose A Reply to on 16 April 2018
Most chapters turn around the idea that deliberate practice is the best, and most likely the only, way to makes us better. The evidence is a mix of relatively weak examples of overachievers (where surely chance plays and important role and therefore there is a clear positive bias) but also a series of research references that provide more a solid base. But in general the principles are simple and put in practice quite often nowadays. It wraps up with the importance of motivation if we want to be able to go through the pains of deliberate practice.
Michael Reply to on 14 June 2016
Rocked my world!! The...first half or 2/3 of this book are fantastic. Goes a little too deep and off track later on but a great investment. Will make you re-think and focus on what you want to achieve, what you putting in to achieve it and gives some fantastic examples of how excellence was achieved in business sport, music etc....via 'deliberate practice' etc... Have recommended highly to everyone I know and a few have already purchased the book since.
juniordoc Reply to on 7 February 2013
This book is more oriented towards business but the research can applied to anything skill-based. I found his examples of Mozart and Woods really interesting and some of his arguments are very compelling. Do take some of the research with a pinch of salt but it has convinced me that deliberate practice is what make people great at what they do - and maybe there's no such thing as talent. I do plan to read the original work by Ericsson eventually.
Raul Endymion
Raul Endymion Reply to on 9 February 2014
I like this book very much, i mean the basic premis is that if you work hard you'll achieve results. Hell our parents have been telling us that forever! But its quite inspirational to read and you also get a good sense that you have no excuses. Hard work conquers all.
Book fan
Book fan Reply to on 18 July 2009
Like most people i have marvelled at top performers in sport , music and the academic world, wished i could emulate them and then dismissed this because their gift was 'obviously genetic'.

However advances in research question this and point the way for everyone to achieve much much more. This book outlines these developments in an easily understandable way. If i have any criticism it is that the author downplays the revolutionary impact this should have on schools and the way children are brought up. However overall this is a stunning book that i expect to read and re read many times.
PerivaleElvis Reply to on 20 December 2017
This book has completely changed my outlook on learning. I would strongly recommend this book to anybody in any field who is seriously interested in understanding how people go from mediocre to truly outstanding.
Robert Stepens
Robert Stepens Reply to on 12 September 2017
Son was very pleased
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