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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !!
Good, especially Chapter 5. As someone who has achieved a lot in my field, and as a teacher in the same field, I agree with a lot of the information presented.
This book should be in the $2.99 bargain box at your local bookstore. I never heard anyone ramble for 7 hours on what could have been said in probably 10 minutes. I already knew it was nurture not nature. And I also know it takes about 10,000 hrs of practice to become an expert at most things. So I need him to ramble on that being intrigued and interested in your sugbject is the true determining factor? Let me sum up the book for you and you can send me just 1 dollar. Find something you will stick to,but make sure you love it so much that you will enjoy practicing 'after" you become great as well." Thats the entire book. Dont waste your time on this. The really sad part of this is that it lets you know that most of us who are not obsessive people have no chance at being great at anything. Why? Because if we practice as long as the next expert, but our normal mind is also thinking about other enjoyable things, you cant be great. Why do you all think the class nerds who had no interest in girls, sports, or anything exciting always became the most successful. Life is a rigged game, is the only lesson Ive learned after 7 hours.
Yet another book looking to top the unofficial "pedagogic" genre of the likes of Gladstone's "Blink."
And just like Gladstone, this author takes good, solid information and weaves his own agenda through the narrative to produce something not entirely untrue, but so out of balance that it really cannot be taken seriously.
"Talent's" first few chapters set the premise for the book, but it is unfortunately a false premise. Long story short, talent without practice and hard work is usually wasted, but the author sails past this well balanced and reasonable view and essentially makes the erroneous case that most kids could be the next Tiger Woods or Bill Gates if they were only given the same environment.
since there is no way to mark books as read in the library I thought this might be a way to mark them
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