Talent is Overrated: What Really Separated World-class Performers from Everybody Else

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Penguin, 2008 - Business & Economics - 228 pages
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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.

And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness.

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.

 

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After reading "good to great" by Jim Collins, I was aware that there were several statistical and methodogical errors with his study. Cherry-picking subjects and allowing "luck" to account for success ... Read full review

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这本书让我觉得最有用的地方有两点我非常喜欢
1. 天才并不是上帝或是什么神给予的。天才就是后天培养的,在大量训练下,刻意练习下的结果
2. 可以训练,我觉得我可以试试,因为我的事业是我的热情所在,我希望通过练习
最后能达到一定的成觉
我不喜欢这部书的原因在于,有几章作者偏离了文章的题目。
 

Contents

One The Mystery 1
Two Talent Is Overrated
17
Three How Smart Do You Have to Be?
36
Four A Better Idea
52
Five What Deliberate Practice Is and Isnt
65
Six How Deliberate Practice Works
84
Seven Applying the Principles in Our Lives
105
Eight Applying the Principles in Our Organizations
126
Nine Performing Great at Innovation
145
Ten Great Performance in Youth and Age
167
Eleven Where Does the Passion Come From?
187
Acknowledgments
207
Index
221
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Geoff Colvin,Fortune’s senior editor at large, is one of America’s most respected business journalists. He lectures widely and is the regular lead moderator for the Fortune Global Business Forum. A frequent guest on CNBC’s Squawk Boxand other TV programs, Colvin appears daily on the CBS Radio Network, reaching seven million listeners each week. He also co-anchored Wall Street Week with Fortuneon PBS for three years.

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