Adil | 1/18/2014
" Absolutely brilliant read by one of the most intelligent and insightful writers on sport, and a former Olympic ping pong champion. Didn't want this one to end. "
Joan | 1/15/2014
" I loved the first section- especially the chapter on why it's important to praise hard work instead of smarts/talent, but it lost a lot of interest at the end. A great read for anyone involved in sports. "
Brad | 1/2/2014
" Well written and the first two thirds of the book are insightful, but the last third - while interesting - was slightly off topic. Lacked a conclusion, too. "
Megan | 12/22/2013
" Talent is overrated. This book helps define how people succeed in their respected fields. Why do you think the Williams' sisters are ranked among the best in tennis? They worked hard to get there with hours upon hours of practice. "
Joy | 11/7/2013
" Main concept of book deals with what makes winners. Conclusion - practice. Last portion of book broader, introducing additional topics such as athleticism and race connections (fallacy) and breeding vs. training. Also talks about doping and genetic engineering. Overall, thought provoking book - and that is what a good book should do. "
Maureen | 11/3/2013
" Will be using Syed's results and anecdotes in class to discuss leanring! "
Jessica | 10/23/2013
" It started off good but then lost focus and by the end I was kind of bored and not at all inspired. "
Swapnil N | 9/27/2013
" The author is a table tennis champion and thus most of the book revolves around success in sports arena. He uses certain neuro concepts like reflexive behaviour aka implicit coding of that particular act to maximize performance. He says that consciously focussing on an act which has already been encoded in the implicit memory can hamper smooth execution if that task. Thus he stresses the importance of persistent and meaningfull practice to achieve high level expertise in any field ( though he stresses the two concepts namely quantity of practice and quality of practice in two different chapters making it slightly disparate, nevertheless the message is conveyed. He also devotes a chapter to dispell the myth that genius is inborn. Gives examples of Judith Polgar,Tiger Woods amongst others to substantiate the above point. In short the message is that nothing great was ever achieved without HARD WORK (as in here I have painstakingly typed the word in capital letters though my iPod touch doesn't support continents caps lock).
Overall it's a good book but not much ideas except the ones cited above and some chapters may be 1 or 2 are nausea the point as the one dealing with doping in sports and one about optical illusions. Regarding the last point and the underlying theme of the book, I wonder if the author (knowingly/otherwise) is trying to tickle the curiousity of the lay reader in understanding or knowing something more about the workings of the brain.
All in all a light read with some good insightful ideas to improvise and achieve GREATNESS.
Thank you for ur patient reading. :-) "
Robert | 9/23/2013
" A really interesting take on 'talent' and an encouragement that we all have it in us - given sufficient time. "
Lissa Johnston | 6/12/2013
" Many fascinating insights on Nature vs Nurture as it applies to sports and other endeavors. Some excellent takeaways including the damaging consequences of overpraise and the amazing benefits of purposeful practice. "
Carol | 6/2/2013
" Really interesting book. I will never look at a top athlete or musician in the same way. "
Gary | 5/20/2013
" Compelling book and enjoyable read. "
Mahabir Bhandari | 7/20/2012
" It is a very interesting read and demystifies the myth of innate talent and it's role in the pursuit of excellence... "
Bob | 1/31/2012
" Syed goes beneath the surface of genius to reveal huge amounts of preparation and practice. "
Staci | 8/17/2011
" I thought this was excellent. It is like other books that have come before, but it was recommended by a student, and I really enjoyed it. Syed makes a great case for the myth of talent and the mindset that can propel any person to success. "
Vijay Rajendran | 5/21/2011
" Quick read that condenses the ideas from Outliers and similar books to illustrate the talent myth and the role of psychology in sports and other fields. Well written with engaging stories. "
Beril | 1/14/2011
" In my opinion it is a bad copy/summary version of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. Even most of the examples are similaR, I didn't find it original. "
Pooneh Roney | 8/15/2010
" Wanted to be like Gladwell but wasn't! "
Wayne Carter | 7/4/2010
" Useful practical development of ideas Malcolm Gladwell touched on in a shallow way in Outliers. "