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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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    Lowcountry Reader Florida USA 11-09-11
    Lowcountry Reader Florida USA 11-09-11

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    "Much like outliers but goes into better detail"

    Really good and uplifting book and makes great points about training, and practice. It shows that the difference between the norm and great are really perseverance and working on your faults.

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    Jeffrey CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 11-08-11
    Jeffrey CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2014
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    "This book challenges preconceptions of excellence"

    Like many others, I thought some people were either 'born with it' or weren't. Talent is overrated really splashes cold water on this assumption, and through research in various fields has managed to demonstrate that what really makes a man reach the pinnacle of their profession, is 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

    The definition of deliberate practice is defined quite rigorously and emphasizes the fact that what seems to be a gift that some people have for excellence in a given field is quite usually the result of hours, years and difficult sessions of very deliberate practice.

    The practical applications found in this book, are that if a guys starts young enough, or exerts enough single-minded effort towards his goal, there really is no reason, if given the opportunity to practice for 10,000 hours, a person can rise to the very top of his given field.

    Excellence is not something someone is born with, it is earned through the rigor of focused, intentional hard work.

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    Mary N Muskegon, MI, United States 11-02-11
    Mary N Muskegon, MI, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly recommended!"

    Frequently recommended, actually! I'd told five people about the book by chapter four! EXCELLENT.

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    Amazon Customer 11-01-11 Member Since 2016

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    "It was worth the $4.95 I spent"

    I didn't find this title to be all that intriguing but it was a decent story. I did not have a huge amount of amazing take-away items, but there were enough to make it feel as if I hadn't wasted my time.

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    Lori Galesburg, IL, United States 10-17-11
    Lori Galesburg, IL, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    This is a great book! A sincere look at talent and what really goes into superior performance.

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    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 10-13-11
    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 10-13-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Believable???"

    yo, I like the Jerry Rice info,(Jerry Rice I love U man!), but Tiger Woods? Man I heard that dude don't even use a regulation driver. He uses a special driver so that he can hit the ball an extra 20 yards farther than any other golfer. Also the example where they talked about the IQ of the track winner being 85, as compared to the other dude with an IQ of 119, and not even half as successful. What about if his IQ was 75? could he still do better that the other guy, just through practice? an IQ of 65?

    The book is all told inspiring, but with some caviar's.

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    Al San Francisco, CA 10-08-11
    Al San Francisco, CA 10-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book on how to grow talent"

    the concepts are very clearly stated, the concept of deliberate practice is stated as the prime reason and is defended by various examples.

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    Jeanene 10-03-11
    Jeanene 10-03-11
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    "There is hope!"
    What made the experience of listening to Talent Is Overrated the most enjoyable?

    Knowing that just about any desired skill can be learned or improved with focused practice.


    Any additional comments?

    It is worth re-listening to Talent is Overrated.

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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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