Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 5, 2016 - Self-Help - 336 pages
“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

“Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.”—Fortune

Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.
“The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.”—Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code
“Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.”—Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

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Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Psychologist Ericsson (The Road to Excellence) and science writer Pool (Beyond Engineering) skillfully examine the eternal debate of nature vs. nurture with this thoughtful treatise supporting the ... Read full review

PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Challenging the notion that talent is innate. "The most important gifts we can give our children are confidence in their ability to remake themselves again and again and the tools with which to do ... Read full review


1 The Power of Purposeful Practice
2 Harnessing Adaptability
3 Mental Representations
4 The Gold Standard
5 Principles of Deliberate Practice on the Job
6 Principles of Deliberate Practice in Everyday Life
7 The Road to Extraordinary
8 But What About Natural Talent?
9 Where Do We Go from Here?
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About the author (2016)

ANDERS ERICSSON, Ph.D., is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and professor of psychology at Florida State University. His work has been cited in bestsellers from Moonwalking with Einstein to Outliers to How Children Succeed. 
ROBERT POOL has worked at Science and Nature, and has been published in Discover and Technology Review, among others. His books include Eve’s Rib: Searching for the Biological Roots of Sex Differences and Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology.    

They live in Florida.

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