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- Audible.com Release Date: January 9, 2009
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For those teetering on the edge of greatness -- or thinking about really going for the gusto, in whatever field or endeavor that has captured their spirit -- this book is an invitation to walk among the gods.
For those who have soured on their dreams and bitterly written them off, however, this book will be painful. It might even read like a damning indictment, and thus incite a hostile emotional response.
And finally, this book also has the potential to be terrifying. For those who feel the pull of greatness but also wrestle with a deep-seated fear of failure, the starkness of the choice will be revealed to them in these pages.
Why? Because Colvin's deeper message, beyond the powerful insights into "Deliberate Practice" and what it can do, is that there is no excuse. Whatever it is you like (or love) to do, the fact that you don't hate it means you probably have the basic tools -- and so there's no reason you can't get better, maybe a lot better. And so, at the end of the day, there is simply no real excuse for not being great. Only the classic Bartleby the Scrivener response: "I prefer not to."
Greatness requires dedication and sacrifice, period. Being good at something requires a fair amount... being great requires a huge amount. If you truly desire greatness -- or simply to be great at what you do -- then much sacrifice is required.
But I fudge slightly. The book does leave room for one excuse of sorts, but not a very satisfying one.Read more ›
It occurs to me that, however different they may be in almost all other respects, athletes such as Cynthia Cooper, Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lorena Ochoa, Candace Parker, Michael Phelps, Vijay Singh, and Tiger Woods "make it look so easy" in competition because their preparation is so focused, rigorous, and thorough. Obviously, they do not win every game, match, tournament, etc. Colvin's point (and I agree) is that all great performers "make it look so easy" because of their commitment to deliberate practice, often for several years before their first victory. In fact, Colvin cites a "ten-year rule" widely endorsed in chess circles (attributed to Herbert Simon and William Chase) that "no one seemed to reach the top ranks of chess players without a decade or so of intensive study, and some required much more time.Read more ›
1. Delibrate Practice - the author sites verbatim with strong emphasizes
2. World class coaching - Important but not emphasized well
3. Enthusiastic family support - Very important and not emphasized well
And obviously the expert-to-be needs to be motivated. What is disturbing is Covin doesn't give much credit (wrongly) in terms of pages, to the support environment namely families and coaches. Ok, there are passing paragraphs but no where near the emphasis it should be according to the original researchers. Intuitively, as well as deep in all parents hearts, they know those new champions/experts had to have great parents. Think of Tiger Woods (Golf), the Mannings (NFL) and Obama to name a few. The deliberate practice condition also encompasses the 10,000 hours requirement in becoming an expert whether that is business, music or sports to name a few endeavors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually we live in a world where many people are considered successful who have little to no talent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cyco Eva
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It answered a lot of questions I had.
and spurred me on in my endeavors. Highly recommended.
An outstanding book, a must read for those who want to reach high levels of performance in any life activity. Very interesting! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martin Sousa
Talent is a myth. It is a honed skill. Practice, practice, practice.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Robert Kendall
The first two thirds of this book is excellent and deserves five stars. I re-read many sections to make sure I grasped the concepts, because they were very worth reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henry Neil
I bought what Colvin was selling and I told a friend about it. I said that the two most important factors far and away toward achieving mastery in anything are deliberate practice... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Schruender
This book should be read along with Ericsson's Peak and Duckworth's Grit. They both support the science that talent has been away for some to explain away and dismiss the enormous... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Muscle Prof
This book powerfully elucidates on evidence and facts that explain why Great performers become great at what they do. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glen Dhliwayo