Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Talent is Overrated - Book Review

I finished Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everyone Else by Geoff Colvin.  The book spends what seems like the first half of the book telling you what doesn't separate world-class performers.  This was frustrating.   The main message of the book is that natural talent doesn't exist and only through hard and deliberate practice to people improve and surpass the average.  It does detail what is considered deliberate practice.
  • Designed to stretch your limits 
  • repeatable
  • no fun
  • mentally demanding
  • tight feedback loop
All in all I cannot recommend this book.  Work at self improvement and you will get better, but it is hard and required discipline so most people will not do it.

Book Challenge (read 26 books in 26 weeks)
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