One of the few audible books that I've listened to several times. I highly recommend this book.
Great work in demystifying people's success with great examples and done so without being overly scienttific. Good for anyone who tryuly wants to improve at anything.
It was good in that it provided food for thought, but I was a little dissapointed at how often Harvard and other prominent business schools were referenced as points of esteem. Also thought it bogged down a little and could have been half as long with the same substance.
Good historical writing about backgrounds and development of talent in different individuals.
Worth the read, but a little long for the premise.
That about sums it up. Intentional practice can get anyone from no talent to excellent, over, and over. Besides repeating the main idea over and over, the author included examples of remotely talented individuals who intentionally practiced, and over time became celebrated success stories.
This book provides information that is instantly transferable to practice as a person, as a unit head, and a parent. Debunking the myth of talent is always helpful. It is the concept and examples of disciplined practice that were extremely useful. In simple terms, it points out that great performance comes from taking on the difficult tasks with purpose and focus. Much harder to do than one imagines.
I would listen to it again to deepen the concepts I took.
David Drummond brings an excellent performance, and keeps you interested in the subject. I believe reading this book myself would take longer time and I might get bored.David reading was very convincing that many times I my mind wander to think that the writer is the one reading it.
Knowing absolutely that great achievements is in our hands.It is also shocking to know the great responsibility that we parents had toward the future of our children.
Some ideas are repetitive... you get the whole point of the book before the middle of it, and many of the surprises stop there. Yet is nice listening to different stories of talented people and the hopes it trigger. The narrator keeps a lovely company and succeed to make you listen to the very end.
Really good and uplifting book and makes great points about training, and practice. It shows that the difference between the norm and great are really perseverance and working on your faults.
Like many others, I thought some people were either 'born with it' or weren't. Talent is overrated really splashes cold water on this assumption, and through research in various fields has managed to demonstrate that what really makes a man reach the pinnacle of their profession, is 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.
The definition of deliberate practice is defined quite rigorously and emphasizes the fact that what seems to be a gift that some people have for excellence in a given field is quite usually the result of hours, years and difficult sessions of very deliberate practice.
The practical applications found in this book, are that if a guys starts young enough, or exerts enough single-minded effort towards his goal, there really is no reason, if given the opportunity to practice for 10,000 hours, a person can rise to the very top of his given field.
Excellence is not something someone is born with, it is earned through the rigor of focused, intentional hard work.
I didn't find this title to be all that intriguing but it was a decent story. I did not have a huge amount of amazing take-away items, but there were enough to make it feel as if I hadn't wasted my time.