Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds been black?
What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common?
Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?
Why are baseball players so superstitious?
Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.
Bounce reveals how competition - the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits - provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.
Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.
©2010 Matthew Syed (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
Very eye opening, especially if you're new to the talent versus effort debate. The book started being a bit too close to Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers", which it quotes several times, but the 1st person experiences from the author bring a very good perspective and great examples. Very well narrated as well. Highly recommend.
Fabulous narration. Matthew Syed does a deeper dive into what drives talent, beyond where Gladwell took us. Well researched insights are worth plowing through some familiar ground to get there.
the chapter on drugs felt out of place, but the rest of the book was awesome. even if you are familiar with some of the content (as i was from reading outliers and other similar books), the material in this book is more exhaustive, and Syed's perspective on the topic (as a world champion and an outlier himself) is essential to understanding topics like expert chunking (e.g. the part where he plays tennis with a pro). great book
I have been collecting Self Development books for years but I got to say this one is one of the best. It gives you a clear goal, if you want to be best in your field you need to invest 10 years or 10000 hours to hone your skills, it is not about the talent. Syed provides lot of data to support this argument and it got me to set up a new goals instantly :)
Yes I recommend, I enjoyed the energy of the narrator. His narratives describing the theories were excellent.
I have not listened to this narrator before, but will listen again.
Polyglot, Linguaphile, and Technophile
I enjoyed the book and the concepts that were presented. I definitely agree with the basic concept that "practice makes perfect" but I do believe there are individuals that are born with talent. Maybe with some individuals this comes out in more interest in a particular activity or maybe it requires less talent. Either way I think the importance of practice, whether you are born with talent or not, is well emphasized.
Have you ever read/listened to Talent is overrated, Outliers, etc? This book is pretty much about the same, with new stories, not so new stories and old stories, but you know what? Instead of listening again those books I preferred to purchase and listen this one and I was not disappointed. I say go ahead and have some fun.
They are inspirational.
Good performance, at least it did not give me yawnings.
The perspective of the author is great as he experienced everything he writes about. The research behind his journey and others is interesting.
Easy listen, great insight..didn't steal too much from other authors. Enjoyable - first hand experience in all he writes about. Some though provoking themes. Highly recommended.
Very interesting book if you've never read Malcom Gladwell's work - if you have, don't waste your time on Bounce.
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