Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-class Performers from Everybody Else

Front Cover
Nicholas Brealey, 2008 - Creative ability - 228 pages
12 Reviews
Few, if any, of the people around you are truly great at what they do. Most consider natural talent to be one of the key components of exceptional ability, but in this book Geoff Colvin argues that greatness is the result of practice honed over decades of perseverance rather than a product of DNA.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
6
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - piersanti - LibraryThing

A fantastic book, especially the first three-fourths. It's completely counterintuitive, but innate talent really does appear to be overrated. It seems that 'deliberate practice' is much, much more ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - tabascofromgudreads - LibraryThing

Insightful analysis of excellence and excellent performance in any field. The point of the book is in the title: the concept of "innate talent", when it comes to great performance, is overrated in our ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2008)

Geoff Colvin is Fortune's senior editor-at large and 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, Geoff Colvin appears daily on the CBS Radio Network, reaching seven million listeners every week. He co-anchored Wall Street Week on PBS for three years.

Bibliographic information