Talent Is Overrated

Talent Is Overrated

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Colvin, Geoff Penguin Group, 2008 Audio summary available
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Why are world-class performers able to do what they do? Some people say they are born with innate talent, that they are smarter than everyone else, or that their extraordinary abilities come from years of experience. In Talent Is Overrated, Fortune editor Geoff Colvin draws on the concept of deliberate practice—intensive repetitive activity designed to improve problem areas of performance—to explain why some people are able to achieve world-class performances while others are not. Using scientific studies, personal interviews, business research, and real-life examples, Colvin suggests ways in which individuals can apply the principles of deliberate practice in both their personal and professional lives.