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Talent Is Overrated : What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else



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Why are certain people so incredibly great at what they do? Most of us think we know the answer-but we're almost always wrong. That's important, because if we're wrong on this crucial question, then we have zero change of getting significantly better at anything we care about.

Author Biography

Geoff Colvin, Fortune's senior editor at large, writes its popular column, "Value Driven". He lectures widely and is the regular lead moderator for the Fortune Global Forum. He also offers daily business commentary on the CBS Radio Network. His latest book is The Upside of the Downturn (Portfolio, June 2009)

Table of Contents

The Mysteryp. 1
Great performance is more valuable than ever-but where does it really come from?
Talent Is Overratedp. 17
Confronting the unexpected facts about innate abilities
How Smart Do You Have to Be?p. 36
The true role of intelligence and memory in high achievement
A Better Ideap. 52
An explanation of great performance that makes sense
What Deliberate Practice Is and Isn'tp. 65
For starters, it isn't what most of us do when we're "practicing"
How Deliberate Practice Worksp. 84
The specific ways it changes us, and how that makes all the difference
Applying the Principles in Our Livesp. 105
The opportunities are many-if we think about our work in a new way
Applying the Principles in Our Organizationsp. 126
Few do it well, and most don't do it at all; the sooner you start, the better
Performing Great at Innovationp. 145
How the principles we've learned take us past the myths of creativity
Great Performance in Youth and Agep. 167
The extraordinary benefits of starting early and continuing on and on
Where Does the Passion Come From?p. 187
Understanding the deepest question about great performance
Afterwordp. 207
Acknowledgmentsp. 214
Sourcesp. 216
Indexp. 227
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