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Talent Is Overrated Audiobook

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

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Publisher's Summary

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.

And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness.

Now Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples. He shows that the skills of business - negotiating deals, evaluating financial statements, and all the rest - obey the principles that lead to greatness, so that anyone can get better at them with the right kind of effort. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved.

This new mind-set, combined with Colvin's practical advice, will change the way you think about your job and career - and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do.

©2008 Geoffrey Colvin; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Jonathon hoboken, NJ, United States 10-02-11
    Jonathon hoboken, NJ, United States 10-02-11
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    "A repetitive thesis"
    What did you like best about Talent Is Overrated? What did you like least?

    The content is factual and relevant


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The new Ekhart Tolle


    Was Talent Is Overrated worth the listening time?

    Yes, but a bit boring


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book, in sum, says the same point over and over with different examples - not very entertaining - more like a trial

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    Blacker 09-20-11
    Blacker 09-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Thoughts aren't well organized"

    The points made were hard to pick out of the long and rambling paragraphs. Additionally, the evidence cited did not clearly lead to the conclusions made.

    The points (once they could be idenitified) are interesting and thought provoking, but could have been presented in a more organized way. Additionally, counterpoints to the conclusions were not discussed satisfactorilly.

    A good read if one is looking for inspiration for one's own explorations, but otherwise not very educational.

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    Big_Joe United States 09-04-11
    Big_Joe United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2015

    "Ain't it like most people, I'm not different, like to talk on things we don't know about."

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    "This is a very eye-opening listen."

    I found this listen wonderful. There are some very under appreciated ideas examined and explained. It is not so much a motivational book as it is one that makes you accept that you have the ability to accomplish any goal you set. With "Deliberate Practice."

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    laura Sonoma, Ca, United States 08-09-11
    laura Sonoma, Ca, United States 08-09-11

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    "Great book!"

    I listen in my conmute, entertaining, love the voice of the reader, inspiring, pack with info, love it!

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    Teri Houston, TX, United States 08-09-11
    Teri Houston, TX, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "enlightening"

    Should be read in tandem with Outliers - both expand on the idea of what it really takes to be successful.

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    Hector DORAL, FL, United States 08-09-11
    Hector DORAL, FL, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "This is a must read!"

    Wonderful, highly recommended, right to the important facts and information you need to get better on anything in life. I am one of those guys that play the piano, the guitar, compose music, draw, architecture, some 3d modeling, apart from studying, working, and playing soccer......this book changed my mind about talent and goals.

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    Daniel walnut, CA, United States 07-27-11
    Daniel walnut, CA, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent book"

    This is by far the best audio book I have listened to. I have been asking my friends and employees to read and listen to this book.

    The message from the book is very clear and inspiring.

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    maria aguirre 07-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Only listen if you have not..."

    I liked the overall book, many of the points made were old news. The points made in the book were many of the same topics discussed in Malcolm Gladwell's books.

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    Robert LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 05-25-11
    Robert LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 05-25-11
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    "Fascinating!"

    Very interesting book! A bit repetitive, but well worth the read. It was nice to see them discuss the ramifications of too much deliberate practice.

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    greg SCHILLER PARK, ILLINOIS, United States 04-30-11
    greg SCHILLER PARK, ILLINOIS, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    ""Engaging, good book ""

    i don't know who was first Gladwell in Outliers or Colvin in his book in this study but they are both good . Colvin in this book does show few new examples on the theory of "talent " i love the first chapters of this book because of all the examples that he brings to the table and you can verify them on your own, the second part of this book is more on a corporate level but still engaging over all its a nice gem in your library if you have one
    worth the effort !!

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