Thursday, October 20, 2011
Talent Is Overrated
Recently, I read the book titled 'Talent Is Overrated'- What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin. Interesting and inspiring points from this book:
• Recent research undermines the notion of genius as innate talent or ability.
• Talent is a factor in your career arc, but it is a poor indicator of your future achievements.
• In terms of excellent performance, sharp focus, hard work and a strong memory seem to matter more than a high IQ. “Deliberate practice” matters most.
• Deliberate practice involves defining a clear goal, analyzing the elements of success and designing a program for becoming excellent in each element.
• You can raise your level of innovation and attainment with deliberate practice.
• The amount of time you practice is the best indicator of your probable success.
• Deliberate practice enables you to perceive, know and remember more about your field.
• Age matters to great performance. Adults can accumulate expertise and resources, but their responsibilities may prohibit long hours of deliberate practice.
• The highest achievers seek copious feedback to help them do better work.
• Great performance is based on deliberate practice energized by intrinsic passion.