I had hoped that this book would explain in practical terms how to get better at what you do. Only Chapter 7 has some information on that. The rest of the book simply argues over and over that CEOs should ensure that their employees receive frequent training - with very little detail on what kind of training works.
Unless you are a CEO wondering whether or not to implement training programs for your employees - and who has a lot of free time to spend listening to an unoriginal author - this book is not worthwhile.
Solid examples, thought provoking concepts and a strong push in the direction of becoming amazing... through "deliberate practice".
I really enjoyed listening to this book. However, you will hear the same topic through the entire thing from just slightly different angles. It has changed my life but it could have done so with far fewer pages.
I'm really glad I picked this book to listen too. It has lots of information that was new - the author did an excellent job of incorporating stories to make his points. It was a pleasure to listen to this book.
...and you won't find it here. This book lacks any sort of credibility. The author nit-picks studies for information he is looking for in order to support the title of this book. I found myself either bored or having a "you've got to be kidding me" moment while listening to this. This book will not enhance any sort of business skills or generate thought provoking innovation.
This book is worth the listen. It is similar to Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. If you like this book try Gladwell's stuff.
The book is an entertaining listen and well read by Drummond. It tends to repeat the same thought over and over, which may be deliberate given the authors message of "deliberate practice". There were a few good ideas, such as "go back and study your foundations"; it is amazing how easy it is to lose knowledge that is not refreshed. Overall I enjoyed it, but I did have to play it at 1.5 speed to get passed the repetition (thank you Audible App).
Before reading this book, I believed that people were talented because their parents were and they passed this along.
I now truly believe that, given the right environment, you could (or could have) been great at just about anything- the exception being that you need to be 6'4"+ to be a basketball star.
This book, if nothing else, will at least give you another perspective.
I'd recommend this book to anyone, from a high school freshmen who wants a recipe to be successful in life to a manager of an employee that "just isn't talented" and wants to understand how she can help.
I loved the book!
If you like this book, also consider reading Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
It was a disjointed, meandering explanation that you have to work hard to be good at something. Stories and ideas were over-repeated and referenced. A chapter would have been more than enough to get the point across. "Outliers" is a far better book with the same basic idea.
The narration is poor. If I could give it negative stars for that, I would.
Now that I've told you to work hard to be good at something, save yourself the time and money on this book and move on to something else.
The premise of the book is an attention grabber. When we think of those who are talented we immediately think of people who have an innate gift that skyrocketed them to fame and fortune. Not so says the author, in a very well reasoned, well documented and well written way. It is the ability and/or the drive that allowed them, or compelled them to practice, practice, practice. What we see as drudge, they either don't, or are so determined to succeed at what they have chosen that they develop the expertise and train their body and even mold their body through that early practice.
The book kept me interested as did the reader.
I recommend it highly.