Talent is Overrated:

What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

By: Geoff Calvin

Portfolio, 2008

240 Pages

Reading Time: 8 hours

PBC Rating: 7/10


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. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice-including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer.

Why Our Gurus Recommend

This book inspires its readers to become great and achieve even their most far off dream or desire. It provides research-driven observations and pays sufficient attention to identifying the core components of great performance. The main focus of the narrative is focused on how almost anyone can improve their performance of the n but focuses most of his narrative to explaining how almost anyone can improve her or his own performance and challenges the most long-standing definitions of talent.