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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoff Colvin Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400178711
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One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field-from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch-are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades. And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness. Now Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples. He shows that the skills of business-negotiating deals, evaluating financial statements, and all the rest-obey the principles that lead to greatness, so that anyone can get better at them with the right kind of effort. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved. This new mind-set, combined with Colvin's practical advice, will change the way you think about your job and career-and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Geoff Colvin has written a fascinating study of great achievers from Mozart to Tiger Woods, and he has brilliantly highlighted the fact that great effort equals great success. I agree, and Talent Is Overrated is not only inspiring but enlightening. It’s a terrific read all the way through.”

    Donald Trump

  • Geoff Colvin has written a fascinating study of great achievers from Mozart to Tiger Woods.... Talent Is Overrated is not only inspiring but enlightening. Donald Trump

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 2/8/2014

    " This book was recommended to me by my boss. If you're a fan of "Outliers" , this book goes into more depth about how hard work and deliberate practice produces world class performers. And perhaps this level of achievement is attainable by anyone willing to put in the hours, receive the feedback, and commit. I really recommend this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lex | 2/1/2014

    " I can sum up the 224 pages of this book with one sentence: All world-class badassery in every field and discipline takes 5-10 years of deliberate practice (in the sciences it now takes 20+ years). Those with the discipline to do the hard/boring practicing will reap the rewards of being the greatest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 1/28/2014

    " deliberate practice, key mentors, and an early start separate the "gifted" from all else "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/26/2014

    " Very interesting. Pretty much says that you get good at things because of hard work and practice. "Talent" has very little to do with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Arkesteyn | 1/23/2014

    " Another great book for teachers, leaders, and managers. This book goes deep into deliberate practice. If you like this book I would also recommend flow, mindset, and outliers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cici Conger-portie | 1/19/2014

    " Drives home the fact that practice makes perfect! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerri | 1/19/2014

    " Did not care for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Réka Felleg | 12/30/2013

    " I enjoyed those parts of the book immensely that relate to the title, i.e. which are about talent in general. Other parts are more like a business how-to manual and to me that is not so interesting. So (5* + 2*) / 2, rounded... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meera | 10/10/2013

    " No more excuses -its "deliberate practice" if I want to succeed :) The book also deals with the same topic as Gladwell's 'Outliers' and looks at a wide selection of scientific studies. I will add that some natural talent and a passion will surely help to cross over to excellence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 9/14/2013

    " Loved it. Really inspired me to use the principle of deliberate practice to improve at work and in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 7/7/2013

    " I recommend this book. Interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Alana | 4/22/2013

    " This book will make you stop complaining about what you can't do and start making it happen. All of us are born the same. It's are drive and dedication that make some of us better at things than others! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dinakar | 2/12/2013

    " Practice, practice and practice ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dimitri | 12/13/2012

    " Hard work, deliberate practice. Not too much in here that is new; it's all borrowed from books like Outliers or real social science research like Ericsson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vladislav Andreev | 12/13/2012

    " Compelling, useful, interesting, but way too wordy. The material could be confined to a good magazine article like those published by HBR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dknight | 12/5/2011

    " Loved this book. Gives one hope that with diligent practice and support one can achieve one's desires/aspirations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hyojin | 10/23/2011

    " It's deliberate practice, not talent, that makes a top performer. This book heavily relies on extensive research done in this area, which I greatly appreciated. Amy Chua's book could be Exhibit 1 of what this book explains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/5/2011

    " Premise: Deliberate practice, not talent, results in greatness. It's an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/8/2011

    " Quite interesting, and makes me look at how success really happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/5/2011

    " Most of this is common sense... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 3/3/2011

    " Fantastic book. An essential for any businessman/woman, whether in a position of leadership or in the assembly line. Incredibly important principles for how to live and work and improve in your job and become "great" at what you do. Two thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/25/2011

    " Similar to Gladwell's "Outliers" in topic, but covers different people and methods. I liked the author's argument that it's the hours of deliberate practice that matters with successful people. Makes sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/24/2011

    " An interesting book with the compelling premise that hard work does matter. Considerably more than any notion of natural talent. A good read for anyone who aspires to much beyond mediocrity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/16/2011

    " It's decent enough but not sure I completely agree "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/8/2011

    " A little redundant, there are so many books of this kind on the market now. Also, it was too encouraging considering the amount of practice needed for excellence and comparing that to my age. Rather depressing actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 2/4/2011

    " Left me with a little bit of a chicken vs. egg thought... is talent really inherited intrinsic motivation and adaptability to the skill, or is this intrinsic motivation actually nurtured? "

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About the Author

Geoff ColvinFortune’s senior edi­tor at large, is one of America’s most respected journalists. He lectures widely and is the regular lead modera­tor for the Fortune Global Forum. A frequent television guest, Colvin appears daily on the CBS Radio Net­work, reaching seven million listeners each week; he also co-anchored the PBS program Wall Street Week for three years. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.