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 really enjoyed this book. Thomas Sowell introduces economic concepts that really broadened my understanding of how the economy works. This is narrated very well. Listened to this on trips to work.
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