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“Excellent.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Since its publication 10 years ago, businesspeople, investors, doctors, parents, students, athletes, and musicians at every level have adopted the maxims of Talent Is Overrated to get better at what they’re passionate about. Now this classic has been updated and revised with new research and takeaways to help anyone achieve even greater performance.

Why are certain people so incredibly great at what they do? Most of us think we know the answer - but we’re almost always wrong. That’s important, because if we’re wrong on this crucial question, then we have zero chance of getting significantly better at anything we care about.

Happily, the real source of great performance is no longer a mystery. Bringing together extensive scientific research, best-selling author Geoff Colvin shows where we go wrong and what actually makes world-class performers so remarkable. It isn’t specific, innate talent, nor is it plain old hard work. It’s a very specific type of work that anyone can do - but most people don’t.

What’s more, the principles of great performance apply to virtually any activity that matters to you. Readers and listeners worldwide have been inspired by this book’s liberating message: You don’t need a one-in-a-million natural gift. Better performance, and maybe even world-class performance, is closer than you think.

©2008 Geoff Colvin (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Enlightening

The book is extremely well organized and research driven. It's not the typical snake oil offered by most pop psychology quasi self development books. It presents real world solutions to the question of better performance

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A New Paradigm

Do not let the voice of others drown out your inner voice! Amazing book!

The most profound concept and idea i derived from this book is that success is a function of deliberate practice. Nurture, not nature.

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Life changing book

Life changing book, it really opened my mind giving a deep understanding about what talent and deliberate practice really are, in any field.

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good but a bit repetitive

It seemed like it kind of repeated itself but I found it interesting to learn about so many famous historical people who used practice to become better at something they loved or even something they didn't love. Practice makes perfect sometimes and sometimes you really are born with an amazing talent

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There’s something about practice

Loved this book. I finally found the distillation of concepts and supporting research that crystallizes some beliefs I e held for years - hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working hard. Mindset, perseverance, grinding it out, pushing oneself to be better.

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I need to listen again to fully grasp it all

I really liked the book. I'm wanting to review it again to make sense of it all.

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A interesting review

Concise, full with stories, delivery practice it's a must to achieve mastery in any domain

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I recommend the book

good for the young but especially better for young parents and best for couples hoping to start a family

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It is difficult to see how this could be better

It is difficult to see how this could be better. This book is thoughtful and provides a message for educators and students.

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  • 03-16-21

Powerful book, well researched,

Great book. Gives hope to all to be outstanding through deliberate practice. Lots of coherent arguments.

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  • 12-17-20

Brilliant

This is an extreamly informative piece of art.

Brilliantly researched and thought-provoking.

I listened to each chapter at least twice and have now decided to study the book in detail.
It provides many hours of study and knowledge in a capsule form meaning I can improve my knowledge in leaps and bounds.

I believe that if studied properly one can build a solid foundation for further study in many fields.

Brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

great listen

kept me hooked from start to finish, and I'll probably listen again. as its helped me understand what I need to do to become a better person and to those around me

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  • Margaret Bent
  • 01-06-20

a great find

wonderful clear explanation to deliberate practice and what is achievable. Valuable read for those involved in coaching, training or practicing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

fantastic listen. completed it twice

I found this book to be very insightful. The author clearly demonstrates that becoming great is not so much talent but is more about the type of training required. I also really enjoyed the stories about great performers such as Tiger Woods and Mozart.Overall I found the book was a real eye opener in what it takes to be great and stand our from the pack. Definitely recommend!!

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  • Adrian R.
  • 01-05-20

Enjoyed

Enlighting and Inspiring. It helped me think differently about my life and my life goals.