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.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
As a musician and former teacher who has heard the term "natural talent" thrown around quite a bit, this book challenged a lot of my beliefs about "inherent abilities". I'm not sure that the author changed my mind 100%, but it really made me think about things.
A few highlights:
1. The study on the violinists in German Universities who became either concert violinists or teachers was VERY interesting.
2. The story about Jerry Rice and his "natural talent" was something I had never heard, but found fascinating.
3. The estimation of how many hours it takes to master a skill seems to fit my experiences in the area of music.
4. The suggestions for companies as to how best train employees may be a VERY good reason to read this book. Working in the corporate world as well, the authors suggestions ring true.
Very well done - really makes you think about your presuppositions. Regardless of what your opinion is, this will give you a lot of food for thought AND can help make you more effective at the same time.
The author should be named Debbie Downer. I can't make it to the end of this piece but I gather that the bottom line is that there's no point aiming for greatness once you're past 20 because it's too late - you need all those childhood years to practice like a fiend. A surplus of sports examples make this book even worse. Newsflash: not everyone can relate to sports! Waste of a credit
Maybe I've been saturated with information from the field of learning, performance, potential, brain function and mechanics, but almost everything in this book was not news to me. Still, it is well written and organized and some of the anecdotes and examples are worth hearing again. I would have chosen a less announcer-y narrator of this book, but that's a nit that probably isn't worth picking.
Colvin's take on how we learn and improve is central to improving education today. This is one of the more relevant subjects and successful titles I've heard.
Dan Coyle's The Talent Code builds on Colvin's ideas. The idea that no one is born with innate ability can be easily refuted (after all, have you ever seen an infant slug a homer out of the ballpark?), but expanding on this idea by coupling deep practice (Coyle's term) or deliberate practice (Colvin's term for what is essentially the same thing) with master coaching and some sort of inspiration is what really makes this idea relevant to Education today.
Drummond performed well. I can't recall any mispronunciations (which should be almost unforgivable in this profession). I don't recall anything about the voice- I just remember the content of the audiobook, and I think this is the greatest compliment to the narrator: that his or her voice kind of disappears while the overall story remains in my memory is the point of an audiobook.
As a high school teacher, I passionately agree with the notion that all kids can learn, that all children deserve the chance to be taught, and the next superstar could be any student who is taught how to practice something they love. The right inspiration, the right teaching, and some serious practicing are what it takes. The idea that kids either have it or they don't is a lazy, treasonous idea for a teacher to have.
...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).
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.