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Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else By Geoff Colvin

Posted at 5:29 AM on Friday, December 12, 2008

Are great leaders made or born? Was Jerry Rice genetically pre-disposed to be the most prolific wide receiver in NFL history? What makes chess masters? What about Mozart and Tiger Woods?

These and related questions are explored and discussed in this wonderful book.

The short answer is that our genetic gifts from birth likely play a much smaller part (and scientifically can't be proved at all yet) than most of us think. This is good news! We can achieve in any field, regardless of our natural "talents."

The book goes on to talk about the type of practice (called deliberate practice) that is required to reach world-class performance levels. The bad news? This deliberate practice is hard, tiring and generally determined even by those top performers as "not fun."

So I've just given you the premise for the book, and I haven't even touched on the richness of the examples, the great writing and, most importantly, the keys to understanding how you can apply deliberate practice in your life. All of which you'll find when you read it.

The year isn't over; yet, this will probably be the most important and most enjoyable book I read this year. While it provides much food for thought and may challenge some of your deepest held assumptions, it is a wonderful read that you will enjoy all the while.

Buy two copies - one for yourself and one for someone you care about. It's that good.

Learn more and purchase from Amazon.

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