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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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Talent Is overrated

If you want to be good at anything practice and then practice some more. The end.

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 01-05-20

Enjoyed

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