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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Instead of compulsive practise producing high ability, high ability leads to compulsive practise. Telling examination of the power of practicing Author Geoff Colvin rejects the popular notion that the genius of a Tiger Woods, a Mozart or a Warren Buffett is inborn uniquely to only a few individuals.

This practice is not just for musicians; it is for every type of career, in business, sales, marketing, engineering–you name it, practice is what it takes.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Much of this book is about the benefits of deliberate practice — which is, doing stuff that overrrated not fun to do so as to be able to be successful at something. Although we know athletes and musicians are trained and coached, we also make the assumption that geofr have an inborn talent for their sport or instrument when really, they don’t.

Sep 15, Constantine rated it liked it. Geoff Colvin takes on the age-old assumption that people who are the ‘great leaders’ of their field arrive copvin earth with an inborn talent. May 03, Steve rated it liked it Shelves: The lucky few superperformers were born with a special gift, an innate ability to do exactly what they do so extremely well.

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

Jul 01, Andy rated it it was ok. The best part of the book was the thrill of the first pages–where Ericsson’s incredible research shines through and readers are instilled with a passion for hard work as a method of betterment.

Colvin’s book gave me more food for thought on role these essential dimensions of the human psyche play in fostering greatness. Colvin didn’t take the time to edit out his earlier note about fun, but at least he takes into account another research perspective.


He says there just isn’t much evidence to say whether this would work or not – when a large body of research indicates the opposite.

He may rarely find himself in that predicament during a tournament, but its those little details that can bring huge rewards. Though it sounds straightforward, there are some caveats to this form of practice.

Learning a new skill to a high level is hard work. Doesn’t sound like fun, but then greatness rarely is. Most organizations are terrible at applying the principles of great performance; by becoming better, they can achieve significant competitive advantage.

Oh, and a supportive family would be nice, too. Attributes of deliberate practice Pages 2. Truth is, nobody will know until we better understand how the brain works.

The question of motivation is a difficult one to answer and Colvin is successful to some degree, though due to the nature of the topic some gaps still remain. Geoff people often use the excuse of talent as a foundation for excellence and Colvin explains how this is simply not the case. Nov 25, Mario Tomic rated it it was amazing.

Before you run out and begin your 20 hour a week,decade long regimen of practice Although you might think you don’t need to read gfoff book now, the way these performers practice and the environments they come out colgin make a huge difference. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Hank Haney, Butch Harman, or David Leadbetter I probably could not reduce my handicap to zero but I could lower it under those conditions.

Goff Maravich whose college basketball record still stands after more than 30 years would goeff to the gym when it opened in the morning and shoot basketballs until it closed at night. An extreme and instructive example is golfer Moe Norman who played from the s to the s ccolvin never amounted to much on the pro tour because for reasons of his own he was never interested in winning competitions.

Happily, the real source of great performance is no longer a mystery. Here are some of the best parts: Carol Dweck’s work was available her book for a mainstream audience, “Mindset”, came out inso her scholarly studies were certainly out even earlier, and Alfie Kohn’s very thorough survey of the research “Punished by Rewards” was published in the ’90s. I couldn’t put it down It explores the idea that we can learn almost anything we set our minds to, and that perhaps the “talented” have really done just that!


Both men are thought to have an inborn natural talent, but by looking at their histories Colvin identifies many similarities: About Talent Is Overrated Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortunea top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance.

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Talent Is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

Dec 26, Sunny rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Apr 16, Tessa rated it liked it Shelves: You might want to prepare yourself for the ugly side of this kind of pursuit of greatness cilvin, ego centrism amd narrowness can play a galent in your development of world class ranking Enjoyed it through and through and would recommend to anyone as a quick, fantastic read.

The author refutes the notion of talent and the idea that we are born with abilities and predispositions that allow to to excel in some areas math, music, sports, etc relative to others.

Taking the term from a paper published years ago by someone else, the author identifies this “holy grail” of excellence in “deliberate performance”, that means: 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 out consistently in studies. Talent Is Overrated sides with Gladwell in that hard work is the defining bit and pure, native talent is truly hard to find, but it overrayed farther in examining the type of hard work necessary to produce greatness, specifically, “deliberate practice”: This was a very focused discussion on what makes world-class performers world-class.

Colvin argues that due to the nature of deliberate practice, an individual can only master exceptional performance in one field.