Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

by Geoff Colvin
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Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin punctures the myth of natural talent and makes a convincing case for targeted hard work with innate motivation. He cites extensive scientific research to substantiate his thesis.

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Hardcover, 240 pages

October 16, 2008 by Portfolio

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Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
9781591842248 (ISBN10: 1591842247)
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This actionable book has shattered the myth of god-gifted talent behind the world’s greatest performers. Geoff Colvin unveils the mystery of talent to show us the real factors behind every class act. Colvin scientifically proves that targeted and deliberate practice principles can unlock the greatest potential that looks like inborn talent. The author not only unravels the myth of talent but provides a road map for realizing our goals in any field.

Key Takeaways

  1. Practice and hard work are more important than natural talent in achieving world-class performance.
  2. Deliberate practice, which involves focused and deliberate efforts to improve specific skills, is key to achieving mastery.
  3. Consistent and deliberate practice over a long period of time is necessary to develop expertise.
  4. Developing and utilizing effective feedback mechanisms is important for continual improvement.
  5. Mental and emotional control, including the ability to stay focused and motivated, is critical for success.
  6. Passion and a sense of purpose are necessary for sustained effort and motivation.
  7. A growth mindset, which embraces challenges and views failure as an opportunity for growth, is important for continual improvement and achievement.
  8. Collaborative learning and mentorship can accelerate learning and mastery.
  9. World-class performers are not born, but made through deliberate practice and hard work.

Talent is Overrated Summary

The author is a frequent TV and radio guest and often speaks on the CBS radio network. His Book debunks the myth of talent as a gift of God bestowed upon a few fortunate chosen. He believes that inborn doesn’t talent turns us into great performers and high achievers. He says that the real source of great performance is not natural talent. It is a product of years of practice and hard work.

With extensive scientific research, Colvin proves what makes the world-class performance so remarkable. It is not innate talent nor good old hard work but a specific kind of work and years of practice behind their achievements. He calls it “deliberate practice.”

Favorite Quote From Author

“The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.”

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