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Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else Hardcover – October 16, 2008
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"Geoff Colvin has written a fascinating study of great achievers from Mozart to Tiger Woods, and he has brilliantly highlighted the fact that great effort equals great success.I agree, and Talent Is Overrated is not only inspiring but enlightening. It's a terrific read all the way through."-Donald Trump
"Talent Is Overrated is a profoundly important book. With clarity and precision, Geoff Colvin exposes one of the fundamental misconceptions of modern life-that our ability to excel depends on innate qualities. Then, drawing on an array of compelling stories and stacks of research, he reveals the true path to high performance-deliberate practice fueled by intrinsic motivation. This is the rare business book that will both prompt you to think and inspire you to act."-Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
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Geoff Colvin, Fortune’s senior editor at large, is one of America’s most respected journalists. He lectures widely and is the regular lead moderator for the Fortune Global Forum. A frequent television guest, Colvin also appears daily on the CBS Radio Network, reaching seven million listeners each week. He coanchored Wall Street Week on PBS for three years. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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His answers delves into the nature of how we learn, how we develop skills and whether we have the ability to jump from playing amateur golf on the weekends to the PGA tour. A great book and one that I would highly recommend!!
The book showcases countless examples of how high achievers train and work on their craft. Many of the examples of people who have achieved success are well-known individuals. Colvin explains that even “child geniuses” that are renowned for their incredible achievements from a young age, such as Mozart and Tiger Woods, were not born doing these things. The subjects used as examples range from the 1700s to today, and from the fields of sports to music to business. The wide range of evidence helps to prove how universal the need for deliberate practice is, and certainly helps his other claims.
The people cited in this paper are inspirational to many, and appeal to different reader’s interests. For example, as someone interested in financial investing, learning about Warren Buffett's interests and work ethic is very intriguing to me. Colvin explains the long process that Buffett went through to achieve success and his ventures along the way. Buffett learned as much as he could about the field of investing and eventually was able to “accumulate a world-class record for performance” (35).
It is proven that general abilities such as intelligence or memory are not great indicators of success, which is an assumption that many make. This delves even more into the idea that talent is unimportant. As far as the structure goes, the reader can flip to any chapter and get an explanation about an aspect of great performance or an application of it. The writing can be bland at times, but flows well and is easy to read, as the prose showcases the author’s vocabulary without making his explanations difficult to understand.
This book still certainly has its fair share of issues. Colvin does not talk about the importance of environment much at all, and doesn’t recognize that many people don’t have access to good mentors and coaches or are able to get feedback on their work. He fails to realize that having a lucky break or good connections often have a huge influence on people’s success.
Overall, the book brings a new perspective to a widely accepted view that is prevalent in every one of our lives. Colvin explains and helps people understand how some are able to achieve great success at what they do. The book is very valuable, and can help anyone to become better and more efficient at what they do for a living. It shows you that is never too late to push yourself and work on becoming extraordinary.