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  • 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
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    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"
    "The Holy Grail of education"
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    As a successful music teacher I already knew 80% of this from hundreds of personal case studies. I did not have the vocabulary (what he calls 'deliberate practice' I have called focus and guided feedback, what he calls 'domain knowledge' I have called immersing oneself in the subject). He also fleshed out that information and interconnected it in ways I had not considered. Further, I have participated in deliberate practice and yes, it is hard and it works and anyone can do it. I can't tell you how many 'untalented' students I've brought to high levels of performance.

    Of the 20% I did not know 10% is that the highest levels of mastery are not a gift (I thought my teaching ability was a gift as my degrees are in music and I never studied teaching formally. Now, as I analyze how I got here, I realize I did a ton of deliberate practice), and anyone can acheive them. The other 10% was the application to business models which is out of my realm, but was fascinating.

    Some may hold on to the traditional view of 'talent' with a religious zeal. Might we consider that it is beneficial to consider the truth wherever that may lead us?

    Get this book, especially if you are a teacher and you care about your profession, it is brilliant. It has bettered me as a teacher.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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