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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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    CardistryAcademy 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it!"

    I loved all the examples he gives of people becoming great at things through deliberate practice and not "talent" that they're born with. my favorite part was when he talks about how you can still keep improving your skills even at 60, 70, 80 years old, so it's never too late to practice stuff and become excellent at it

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    Pete 10-19-17
    Pete 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I am better prepared for patenting now."

    engaging, specific research, knows it's limits, I enjoyed it and will look for another by this author

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    Assaf 10-13-17
    Assaf 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A thorough analysis on great performers"

    The author brings up studies that support the notion that talent isn't in the hands of a handful of people and suggests that everyone, with enough training and persistence, can accomplish great level of performance in any field

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    Amazon Customer 09-18-17
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    "Excellent book!"

    Fantastic book, great information. Great narrator. thank you for the excellent viepoint and perspective. good day

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    Amazon Customer 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great for parents and professionals alike"

    This was a very interesting listen; lots of gems and food for thought for parents looking to support their children's interests in various subjects. It was interesting to have the notion of innate abilities challenged. The authors application of these ideas to the business world were also interesting, although that particular tangent wasn't my main interest in listening to the book. I'm more inspired to take up a new hobby after listening to this; even in something like music- which I have never been a 'natural' at. Turns out that according to the authors, no one is!

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    A reader 09-07-17
    A reader 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Same as peak ?"

    The studies done in this book seem to be identical to those from Peak. It feels like a batch of studies was done and then a group of authors went off and wrote the same book.

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    Blue Light London, UK 09-06-17
    Blue Light London, UK 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book with a poor start"

    Found first couple of chapters hard to bear due to partial truths which the author himself contradicts later. Skip or persevere through that and you will find good material later in the book. The book could also be shorter as the author repeats same things so many times.

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    bobbyg603 07-08-17
    bobbyg603 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening and Practical"

    Excellent explanation of how to achieve super star level performance. Good balance of science and anectdote and an overall great read!

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    Kevin 04-02-17
    Kevin 04-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Long time to say a short thing"

    This is a worthy topic, but overlong in its telling.
    Here is the nub: true expertise is the result of focused, intentional practice over many years. Period.

    There, I just saved you 8 hours!

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    Steven Farmer Warren, AR 03-12-17
    Steven Farmer Warren, AR 03-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Can You Commit?"

    the research is there. the rules are in place. Now, just like during and exercise, are you willing to do the work to get there? Because, the drive is most important.

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