# Highly Recommended《Bran-New + It's Not Learned Experience Or Natural Aptitude, But The Deliberate Practice Decide one's Success》Geoff Colvin - TALENT IS OVERRATED : What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
This Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM56.22. Now here Only at RM25. Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortune, a top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance. One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called: "What It Takes to Be Great." 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 talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades. Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. ● The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. ● The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn't support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers. According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-"deliberate practice"-that few of us pursue when we're practicing golf or piano or stockpicking. Now Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples. He shows that the skills of business: ➽ negotiating deals, ➽ evaluating financial statements, ➽ and all the rest, obey the principles that lead to greatness, so that anyone can get better at them with the right kind of effort. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved. This new mind-set, combined with Colvin's practical advice, will change the way you think about your job and career, and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do. Based on scientific research, Talent is Overrated shares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice-including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer. The author makes the point that it's not one's learned experience, or even natural aptitude, but the training process that creates the overachievers in our society. This takes into account the fields of sports, music, business, and even science. Like most self-help literature, Colvin backs his theory with faith and, coming from a business background, he recommends a systematic approach to training. Throughout this book, Colvin inserts clusters of insights and recommendations that literally anyone can consider and then act upon to improve her or his individual performance as well as helping to improve the performance of a team of which she or he is a member by following: 1. Attributes of deliberate practice (Pages 66-72) 2. What top performers perceive that others do not notice (Pages 89-94) 3. Benefits of having a "rich mental model"(Pages 123-124) 4. Rules for peak performance that "elite" organizations follow (Pages 128-136) 5. Misconceptions about innovation and creativity (Pages 149-151) 6. How innovators become great (Pages 159-161) 7. How to make organizations innovative (Pages 162-166) 8. What homes can teach organizations (Pages 172-175) 9. The "drivers" of great performance (Pages 187-193) 10. How some organizations "blow it" (Pages 194-198) Corbin provides a wealth of research-driven information that he has rigorously examined and he also draws upon his own extensive and direct experience with all manner of organizations and their C-level executives. Talent Is Overrated is a fabulous book – one that most readers recommend highly Here are my 7 big lessons takeaways from the book: ★★ Exceptional talent is a function of hard work over time ★★ There is a blueprint you can follow to get talented ★★You can develop talent (expertise) in any discipline Developing talent is hard work ★★ You can use the ‘talent blueprint’ as a teaching guide ★★ You don’t have to get to virtuoso level to outrank your competitors ★★ Those who only read a book don’t grow and improve – those who implement truly learn and thrive 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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