Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were sisters whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born.
Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.
Anders Ericsson's research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule', but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question of how to make them grow.
With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it.
©2016 Anders Ericsson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
I haven't read the print version, so it's hard to say whether it's better or not.
This can be compared to Outliers (though I haven't read that one yet). But I believe this is better than Malcolm Galdwell's book since it expands on the 10,000 hour rule
It made me really think about how I can improve myself or help my daughter become an expert!
Worth the listen. The narrator is great too. Loved it!
Great narrator, science backed information and visions for the future. I recommend it to anyone wishing to better themselves and the ones around them.
"The road is long."
Yes, the road is long, but know this: you can only improve your skills, you can never improve your self, for your self is the one who observes improvement (or the lack of it.)
Enjoy your work and redefine it as play because if you set out to improve a skill with a lot of stress and the need to improve you will enivitably contaminate all that you do and seek with negative vibes.
It is therefore wise to learn who you truly are before you learn any other subject. This may seem Needlessly esoteric but it will save you much unnecessary stress and trouble in the long run.
Peace and love.
"These are the guys that wrote Gladwell's rhymes"
Empowering. The best way to improve examined. Weakness: doesn't answer the question fully about what environmental factors supercede practice and doesn't consider the work world much. Overall worth a listen, very well read and laid out arguments in a meaningful fashion
This book describes one of the most important insights of the last half century and provides both evidence and anecdotes that strongly support its conclusions. The narration is clear and delivered at a very comfortable pace. I have strongly recommended this book in all formats to friends and family.
"Fascinating and inspiring."
Probably the best book currently available on the subject of deliberate practice. highly recommended.
"A life changing book. I highly recommend it"
This is a life changing book that dispels many myths around talent, genius, savants and others. It has caused me to embark on a quest of self improvement with more rigour.
"great to finally get myths debunked"
great to finally get myths debunked especially the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hour rule. Top violinists take 25,000 hours an Beatles performed in Hamburg for about 1,100 hours.
This one goes into my top 5 books.
Well written and very good research gone into it.
Something we can certainly apply to our lives.
Only down side for me was the narrators voice was a struggle to keep interest with. I'd recommend listening to at at least 1.5x speed.
"Good concepts but lots of repetition"
This book is great. It deals with some brilliant ideas and thinking on the science of deliberate practice, but I found my mind wandering towards the end as there are lots of stories that are repeated again and again.
Overall it is a book that i would recommend if you are interested in developing skills and learning new things.
"Very insightful book."
Yes, It is very insightful and interesting although with all books of this type you need to be selective with what you might actually take away from it!
No, it's a very intense listen. Albeit this was one of my first audiobooks and was grappling with trying to take everything not having the ability to re-read pages or paragraphs while I was driving the car.
"A must for anyone trying to learn anything"
Interesting and fascinating. A book on effective practice by the Father of modern performance studies.
The much cited "10,000" hour rule was adopted from some of his studies (Anders himself doesn't like the rule).
The principles of deliberate practice and mental representations are the keys to replicating expert performance and I feel that these could be outlined in a few pages. Having said that, the rest of the book is still fascinating and worth sticking with.
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