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  • Talent Is Overrated

  • What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
  • Written by: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: Geoff Colvin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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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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  • Rg
  • 04-07-20

Eye opening message

Must read atleast once. The book focuses on very important beliefs in individuals and in society generally that great achievers born with talent but its not true completely. Rather great performance is result of many hours of deribarate practice. Everyone can do it if choose to.

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Good Book For Alternative View on Talent

it's a good book with lots of factual examples and scenarios to convince the talent creation process. I also felt that the book at times has gone rhetoric in an attempt to convince and could have been bit shorter with the same message. Also the examples of the book are largely sided with western cultures paying no or very little attention to other parts of the world.

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nice one read by every one to get motivation for

the perfection and used to get higher target and satisfaction in the life of human

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MUST READ

Must read book once in life time. Gives you edge over others. it's always better to start early and reap the profit. There IS NO SUBSTITUTE OF HARD WORK.

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  • Brandon Moreno
  • 08-08-22

A life-changing book if you value your performance

I read this book a year ago. I took notes while reading. I had epiphanies about my ability to improve at skills. A year ago, the main takeaway was that you should always be conscious (analyzing and aware) when practicing and performing.

I wanted to apply the ideas in this book to a monetizable skill. After I read the book, I created a "training schedule" for that skill. I mapped out every hour of the day and stuck to it for about a month. Then, I became less strict but maintained a daily "rhythm".

I used my schedule to read ~14 books in about 4 months... and also stay at the top of my coding class... and learn my monetizable skill every day... and, on the side, gain ~10 pounds of muscle.

It was the most productive and focused time of my life.

My entire mentality towards life-- specifically my ability to achieve success-- changed. Before the book, I had spent a couple years frustrated at my lack of analytical thinking. Talent is Overrated reawakened my analytical brain.

It's not just reawakened intelligence that Talent is Overrated gave me. I learned the importance of humility. I committed to a mindset of "accepting reality", staying humble, and doing what I needed to do to succeed. And I built dozens of lifestyle habits to improve my productivity and general life effectiveness.

All of this was inspired by the initial epiphanies from Talent is Overrated.

I've learned so much about myself too. I realize that I have a strong desire to be good at things. To become a skilled performer.

A desire to invest 100% into one skill (or maybe a few)... and see how far I can take it...

I don't know if everyone shares that same desire. But if you do, it is in your best interest to clear your emotional "plate" (your investments in things like games, or tv shows, or anything else like that), then buy this book, read it, and let the research and insights speak for themselves.

It is a book that changes how you view life. And it's one of those books you will want to re-read every year or so, to make sure you're not getting off track.

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  • Sly Flemming
  • 03-05-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-23

Greatness

Definitely should be curriculum for jr. high to high schoolers!
Everyone should study and apply!!!

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  • Mario Majano
  • 06-01-23

Propuestas interesantes sobre el valor del esfuerzo y dedicación

Un libro excelente para enfocar la energía en prácticas más efectivas para lograr el éxito en cualquier campo

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  • Michael A. Cole
  • 25-10-22

useful

very informative and instructional. great for sports training and long term preparation. can be applied across the board.

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  • LGR Miller
  • 24-10-22

5 interesting points..

interesting to me..
1. deliberate practice is priority
2. instant (or ASAP) feedback of practice hones skills best
3. creativity happens when not using the same system or routine
4. the myelin sheath can grow/regrow with constant consistant practice
5. plasticity doesn't end with old age

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  • Reality Wins
  • 30-07-22

A new look at human success/ accomplishment

Study based, fact based. Examples of great musicians, scientists, business people and the myth of talent. A must for musicians to read. A must for PARENTS to read.
I listened to this almost straight for 2 days. Could not stop. And then bought the paperback. Age is no limitation to doing better. I’m going to strengthen that brain myelin! And now, understand how to help my grandchildren.
Stunned. It’s not another self help book at all. Yikes.

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  • PwrMtlBaethoven
  • 21-06-22

Go practice.

I highly recommend this book to other musicians and to all my students. The concepts in this book can be applied too many different walks of life. Musicians, Athletes, Artist, Parents, Craftsmanship, Entrepreneurs, Cooks, and just about anyone that strives to be better at anything in life.
I am living proof that deliberate practice can be rewarding. I was recently awarded a scholarship due to my performance during my piano audition. I am not someone that had lessons in childhood, or was blessed to study music in school. I started my studies later in life through a community college. I forced daily deliberate practice while journaling every moment of my practice, and the rewards are fruitful. I now give private lessons and now have opportunities to attend Universities that I otherwise would not have been able to afford.

Listen to this book during you book time, and then GO PRACTICE!

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  • mariano231
  • 07-04-22

a good start into performance science

This is the first audio book I have completed.
Engaging and full of evidence based references.

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  • Eryk
  • 04-04-22

Super kitty

Literally fountain of youth! This program is Amazing! Top Notch! From start to dramatic finish! -trapbone 100

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  • T. Jamal
  • 16-03-21

Powerful book, well researched,

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-12-20

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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  • karl leighton
  • 01-09-20

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
  • 06-01-20

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
  • 17-03-21

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.
  • 05-01-20

Enjoyed

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