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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, David Drummond Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • “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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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