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

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Harper Collins, Apr 20, 2010 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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In the vein of the international bestselling Freakonomics, award-winning journalist Matthew Syed reveals the hidden clues to success—in sports, business, school, and just about anything else that you’d want to be great at. Fans of Predictably Irrational and Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point will find many interesting and helpful insights in Bounce.

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Awesdome Read. Shows us that Talent is over rated.

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BOUNCE is a great book which successfully delves into one of the great questions that everybody has around how to become a legendary sport star. It breaks the myth around what is perceived to be the reason behind being success in sports i.e. God Gift.
In very simple words Matthew has explained how "purposeful practice" can bring success to anybody who desires. The number of narratives he has provided in this book reinforces the fact that it is only sheer dedication and purposeful practice that has converted normal human beings into legendary sports personalities.This point is reinforced in different ways in the book starting in part I and also in part III where purposeful practice can allow additional bandwidth available to brain to focus on additional information available to individual.
In chapter Mysterious Sparks Life-Changing Mind Sets, he beautifully describes how purposeful practice coupled with a positive mindset can turn a failure to an opportunity to learn and succeed in future. Placebo effect to me is another interesting chapter which delves into beliefs which people think make them successful and as correctly Matthew said is an "irrational way to triumph in the strange game we call life"
In part II of the book his analysis on choking, bottling, bricking or cracking is another myth which is broken by Matthew i.e. it is not "Less Focus" but "Too Much Focus" which causes people to fail in most important and crucial situations in life. His techniques of avoiding chocking can be very useful in all walks of life.
Chapter on usage of drugs in part III of the book seems to be out of place and is difficult to relate it to the central point of focus of the book i.e. breaking the myth around being a legendary sportsman. It is sad to read about how usage of drugs have physically and mentally effected sportsman in east Germany and other part of the worlds. Also I tend to not agree with the suggestion of allowing restricted use of drugs in sports to gain some benefits in the field.
Last but not the least chapter around blacks being superior runners brings to light reason behind why some of the sportsman from Africa perform better than other sportsman. It clearly breaks the myth around genetics playing any hand in being a fast runner.
Overall the book is a good read and points discussed in the book are not just applicable to sports but can also be applied to almost every other field including personal or work.
It would have been great if at the end Matthew could have included kind of synopsis of the complete book which could have been a great way of ending this great book


chapter 2
chapter 3
Mysterious Sparks and LifeChanging MindSets
Paradoxes of the Mind
Baseball Rituals Pigeons and Why Great Sportsmen
chapter 8
Drugs in Sport Schwarzenegger Mice
chapter 10

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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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