Readers around the world are embracing the message of Talent is Overrated. Business leaders, teachers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, students, coaches of many . The book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin is a book I recommend to everyone who wants to get better at something – whether that’s a lot. Excellent.”—The Wall Street Journal Since its publication ten years ago, businesspeople, investors, doctors, parents, students, athletes.

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The strengths philosophy says that we all have super highways of talent which turn into strengths once we start dedicating time to them through deliberate practise. The value of persistence in the face of inevitable failure simply fails to arise as a topic of discussion, geotf a repeated emphasis on starting rigorous, domain-specific practice at as early an age as possible doesn’t take into account the negative trade-offs that come with such decisions. Mar 18, Brian rated it it was amazing Shelves: About Talent Is Overrated Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortunea top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance.

I highly recommend this book to you, it will open your mind to new ideas and give you understanding of the worlds highest achievers throughout history.

We are social creatures and although leadership is found at all ages, it does take significant years of life experience to refine one’s leadership ability in order to lead adults for a sustained period of time. Carol Dweck’s work was available her book for a mainstream audience, “Mindset”, came out inso her scholarly studies were certainly out even earlier, and Alfie Kohn’s very thorough survey of the research “Punished by Rewards” was published in the ’90s.

Many people often use the excuse of talent as a foundation for excellence and Colvin explains how this is simply not the case. Greatness isn’t destiny or DNA, rather it boils down to decades of intentional practice and sacrifice at the level that most of us are not willing to make. Pete Maravich whose college basketball record still stands after more than 30 years would go to the gym when it opened in the morning and shoot basketballs until it closed at night.


I was also bothered by a hypothesis he suggests later on that we can develop child prodigies by praising children before they have done well. I highly recommend this book to you, it will open your mind to new Amazing book, after you read it, any limiting beliefs you have about innate abilities as an excuse not to putting in the required effort will disappear from your mind.

I can take ideas from Talent Is Overrated and apply it to almost every aspect of my life. The good news overrrated that will put off the majority of your competitors — thereby making you stand out! It is not the practicing per se that is essential,it is the ie of practice colvinn do.

I’m still traumatized by an especially horrific Moby Dick experience. But it is competently written, and for most part, it is engaging. The top 2 ovrerated the best and better violinists, practised by themselves about 23 hours a week on average. May 25, Pages. This author, Colvin, talks about “deliberate practice “Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortune, a top co,vin debunks the myths of exceptional performance.

The strengths philosophy says that we all have super highways of t Impressive and loved this. Colvi I couldn’t put it down I liked this book but I think I could have gotten as much out of the short version.

For that alone, this book was well worth the time.

7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

How do you advance to a world class at some skill? Tons of it equals great performance. One of, if not THE best book I ralent this year.

This type of practice can be mentally taxing, and very time-consuming–it normally takes years before a truly excellent performance is honed. Hank Haney, Butch Harman, or David Leadbetter I probably could not reduce my handicap to zero but I could lower it under those conditions.


Although you might think you don’t need to read the book now, the way these performers practice and the environments they come out of make a huge difference.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Misconceptions about innovation and creativity Pages 6. For best performance, the name of the game is “practice”, and not any old practice–it must be focused, deliberate, planned practice. Geoff Colvin takes on the age-old assumption that clvin who are the ‘great leaders’ of their field arrive on earth with an inborn talent. Work On Your Domain Map. Tiger Woods was overrwted as a toddler. Preview — Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.

Talent Is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

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 si. Highly recommended book about how to achieve a high level of performance in any field or endeavor. Truth is, nobody will know until we better understand how the brain works.

The title of this book should be ‘Talent is Ccolvin as that’s essentially the author’s argument. So, I guess I would recommend those two books rather than this one, except that there were some things about this that made the whole thing worthwhile. Several researchers have separately proposed a mechanism that suggest an answer.

7 Lessons From Talent Is Overrated

In the meantime, start reading this. The question of motivation is a difficult one to answer and Colvin is successful to some degree, though due to the nature of the topic some gaps still remain. The point of the book is in the title: Insightful analysis of excellence and excellent performance in any field.