Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Apr 20, 2010 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under ten seconds been black?

What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common?

Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?

Why are baseball players so superstitious?

Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature—why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life. Bounce reveals how competition—the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits—provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.

Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.

  

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Review: Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

User Review  - Joya Martin - Goodreads

Having already read 'The Talent Code', by Daniel Coyle, 'Talent is Overrated' by Geoff Colvin and 'Mindset' by Carol Dweck, extensively referenced throughout 'Bounce', it is difficult for me to give ... Read full review

Review: Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

User Review  - Eddy Allen - Goodreads

cc: Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under ten seconds been black? What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common? Is it good to praise a child's ... Read full review

Contents

chapter 2
55
chapter 3
77
Mysterious Sparks and LifeChanging MindSets
113
Paradoxes of the Mind
147
Baseball Rituals Pigeons and Why Great Sportsmen
201
chapter 8
217
Drugs in Sport Schwarzenegger Mice
233
chapter 10
255
Acknowledgments
287
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About the author (2010)

A two-time Olympian and a graduate of Oxford University, Matthew Syed is a columnist for The Times (London), a commentator for the BBC, and a recipient of the British Press Award for Sports Journalist of the Year, and was named British Sports Feature Writer of the Year by the Sports Journalists' Association.

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