#105 - Talent is Overrated with Geoff Colvin

Talent is Overrated Summary

Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn't support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers. 

According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-"deliberate practice"-that few of us pursue when we're practicing golf or piano or stockpicking. Based on scientific research, Talent is Overrated shares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles.

Golden Nuggets From Talent is Overrated

Golden Nugget #1 - The Majority of People are Mediocre [7.05]

Golden Nugget #2 - Inborn Abilities or Experience Don't Lead to Extraordinary Achievements [10.05]

Golden Nugget #3 - The Only Way to Become Elite is Through Deliberate Practice [16.15]

Golden Nugget #4 - Deliberate Practice Makes People Perceive, Know, and Remember More [29.30]

Golden Nugget #5 - Self-Regulating to Maintain Your World-Class Performance [38.30]

Golden Nugget #6 - You Can Develop Talent or Expertise in Anything [43.20]

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