“Excellent.”—The Wall Street Journal
Since its publication ten 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, bestselling 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 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.
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About the Author
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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Table of Contents
1 The Mystery 1
Great performance is more valuable than ever-but where does it really come from?
2 Talent Is Overrated 17
Confronting the unexpected facts about innate abilities
3 How Smart Do You Have to Be? 36
The true role of intelligence and memory in high achievement
4 A Better Idea 52
An explanation of great performance that makes sense
5 What Deliberate Practice Is and Isn't 65
For starters, it isn't what most of us do when we're "practicing"
6 How Deliberate Practice Works 84
The specific ways it changes us, and how that makes all the difference
7 Applying the Principles in Our Lives 105
The opportunities are many-if we think about our work in a new way
8 Applying the Principles in Our Organizations 126
Few do it well, and most don't do it at all; the sooner you start, the better
9 Performing Great at Innovation 145
How the principles we've learned take us past the myths of creativity
10 Great Performance in Youth and Age 167
The extraordinary benefits of starting early and continuing on and on
11 Where Does the Passion Come From? 187
Understanding the deepest question about great performance
What People are Saying About This
"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