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

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"Excellent."--The Wall Street Journal

Since its publication ten years ago, businesspeople, investors, doctors, parents, students, athletes, and musicians at every level have adopted the maxims of Talent Is Overrated to get better at what they're passionate about. Now this classic has been updated and revised with new research and takeaways to help anyone achieve even greater performance.


Why are certain people so incredibly great at what they do? Most of us think we know the answer--but we're almost always wrong. That's important, because if we're wrong on this crucial question, then we have zero chance of getting significantly better at anything we care about.
Happily, the real source of great performance is no longer a mystery. Bringing together extensive scientific research, bestselling author Geoff Colvin shows where we go wrong and what actually makes world-class performers so remarkable. It isn't specific, innate talent, nor is it plain old hard work. It's a very specific type of work that anyone can do--but most people don't.
What's more, the principles of great performance apply to virtually any activity that matters to you. Readers worldwide have been inspired by this book's liberating message: You don't need a one-in-a-million natural gift. Better performance, and maybe even world-class performance, is closer than you think.
 

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User Review  - piersanti - LibraryThing

A fantastic book, especially the first three-fourths. It's completely counterintuitive, but innate talent really does appear to be overrated. It seems that 'deliberate practice' is much, much more ... Read full review

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User Review  - tabascofromgudreads - LibraryThing

Insightful analysis of excellence and excellent performance in any field. The point of the book is in the title: the concept of "innate talent", when it comes to great performance, is overrated in our ... Read full review

Contents

Two Talent Is Overrated
19
Three How Smart Do You Have to Be?
39
Four A Better Idea
55
Five What Deliberate Practice Is and Isnt
69
Seven Applying the Principles in Our Lives
119
Eight Applying the Principles in Our Organizations
141
Nine Performing Great at Innovation
161
Ten Great Performance in Youth and Age
183
Eleven Where Does the Passion Come From?
205
Acknowledgments
225
Index
239
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Geoff Colvin, Fortune's senior edi-tor at large, is one of America's most respected journalists. He lectures widely and is the regular lead modera-tor for the Fortune Global Forum. A frequent television guest, Colvin also appears daily on the CBS Radio Net-work, 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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