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Jeffrey

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  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (500)
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    (346)
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    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
    "Great Summary of Economics!"
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    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.

    Highly recommend!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1151)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "This book challenges preconceptions of excellence"
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    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.

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