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The Gold Mine Effect [Kindle Edition]

Rasmus Ankersen
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'A great read and a fascinating insight into performance.' Sir Clive Woodward

We all want to discover our hidden talents and make an impact with them. But how? Rasmus Ankersen, an ex-footballer and performance specialist, quit his job and for six intense months lived with the world's best athletes in an attempt to answer this question.

Why have the best middle distance runners grown up in the same Ethiopian village? Why are the leading female golfers from South Korea? How did one athletic club in Kingston, Jamaica, succeed in producing so many world-class sprinters?

Ankersen presents his surprising conclusions in seven lessons on how anyone - or any business, organisation or team - can defy the many misconceptions of high performance and learn to build their own gold mine of real talent.

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Ankersen provides a left-field take on high performance, with much food for thought. It's wacky, but it works. -- Emma De Vita, Management Today 'This is a must-read for any athlete or sportsperson looking to reach for the stars.' -- Athletics Weekly

About the Author

Rasmus Ankersen - born in 1983 - is a bestselling author, a motivational speaker on a talent and performance development and a trusted advisor for businesses and athletes around the world. He published his first book, DNA OF A WINNER, in Denmark at 22 years old. The book became a bestseller, selling 15,000 copies and led Rasmus to follow up this success with LEADER DNA, selling an astonishing 32,500 copies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3816 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rasmus Ankersen is an ex-footballer, a bestselling author, a speaker on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. You'll never find him in one place for more than a few days - he is always on the move, flying from city to city to do new research, advise major companies or address sold-out audiences.

It all started at the age of nine when Rasmus was writing his own newspaper and selling it in the neighbourhood where he grew up. He went on to write three bestselling books before the age of 26 and the Danish prime minister invited him to contribute a chapter to his book The Danish Dream. Rasmus's second book, Leader DNA, is based on field studies of 25 high-profile leaders, including the secretary of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the CEO of LEGO Group, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp. Leader DNA has been the bestselling leadership book in Denmark for the last five years.

With The Gold Mine Effect Rasmus has taken his exploration of the secrets of high performance a step further, becoming the only expert on the subject to have lived and trained with the best athletes on the planet. Now back in London, Rasmus is teaching organisations how to build their own Gold Mines of world-class performance, through real-life examples and result driven insights.

His latest book "Hunger in Paradise" is available in Danish and will be published in english in Spring 2014"

"The great ages didn't contain more talent. They wasted less."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite 7 Feb. 2014
I was hoping for a critical analysis of high performance. Instead, this is a trite, self-help book of anecdotes. For example, what conclusions can a population derive from one anecdote regarding the placebo effect from 1957?

The take-home message of this book could be summarised in a small leaflet, and it's conclusions are in opposition to the success enjoyed by the team GB cycling team. The 'secret of high performance' as it applied to me was, 'you should have started 45 years ago'. Not helpful.

I thought this a waste of time and money.

If you want some genuine insight into some aspects of sports performance, read 'The Sports Gene..' which covers the genetic aspects of sporting excellence in detail and is very good. This book pretty much dismisses genetics altogether.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
This is an entertaining book and the author has gone to some effort to spend time in plenty of the global centres that produce world class talent, what he calls his 'gold mines': the Kenyan marathon runners, Ethiopian distance runners, Russian female tennis players, Brazilian soccer players, South Korean golfers and Jamaican sprinters. The premise in a nutshell is that hard work beats any kind of 'natural talent' every time. On the positive side, it throws up some interesting characters and, for anybody involved in talent development and coaching there are some real nuggets of advice in there from some very successful coaches in the gold mines.

HOWEVER, a couple of things bother me about this book. Firstly, the lazy proof-reading; you'll go through chapters where there it a typo nearly every other page, it gives you the feeling that you're reading the homework of a 15 year old kid. Secondly, some of the gold mines get much more air time than others - there is very little about Brazilian footballers apart from a few anecdotal experiences from Ankerson. But lastly, the gold mine that gets the most focus is the Jamaican sprinters who Ankersen fawns over, describing the incredible project in Kingston that has trained complete nobodies into some of the world's most incredible sprinters. Mentioned in the book specifically are:
- Asafa Powell who came from unknown sprinter to set a new world record in 2005 of 9.77 seconds for the 100m.
- Sherone Simpson, relative unknown to the athletics world who 'worked' her way to bronze in the Beijing 2008 Olympics women's 100m.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feedback 1 Sept. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At times i thought this could have been said in shorter version.

However, I was intellectually stimulated by the comparisons and his take on what is talent, the 10 000 hour rule and the role of parental push to get over a certain threshold before the athlete really enjoys making the effort required to walk in the company of the best.

As a sport psychology consultant, i am amazed at how elite coaches fluff with words when i ask them what they are looking for in an athlete or what is the talent they require as coach to be confident that their investment will produce desired results. This book reinforced an unsaid opinion. Talent is a construct - a word created to help us say what we cant see and measure. By contrast, for example, the 10 000 hour rule suggests that effort and who wants it more is a more useful and tangible predictor/measure of sporting success.

Lastly, I do not like the rating of "I love it" for material things.
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The subject matter is interesting but the book is uneven. The theories aren't substantiated in a reasoned way. Does having pushy parents really guarantee the success of child sport stars. This is one generalised theory that is identified and then chewed over for quite some time.. Overall the idea whilst good on paper fails to deliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars immensely powerful and important 31 Jan. 2015
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I have never underlined so much in a book. Rasmus not only relates his own observations of what creates high performance, he also puts it in the context of many other vital pieces of organisational and motivational work. This book is profoundly useful and a superb read. I wish every manager had this book on their shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Feb. 2014
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Excellent book on what separates elite performers from everyone else. Essential reading if your involved in coaching,especially young performers but still great with adults
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 11 Jan. 2014
By VMac
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Great read if you are interested in talent id and development or are interested in any form of coaching, training or physical education!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book make it this one. 6 Aug. 2013
By LawrieR
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This book opens your mind. I wish I had been able to read it earlier in life but it's never too late. The insights the author provides into what really makes people succeed in sport, business or other vocations are in themselves extremely motivating. If you have children, are working to coach others or desire to reach your own peak performance you should make this a "must read."
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you involved with talent a must!
Excellent book with a lot of interesting concepts explained in a simple and easy to understand way!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S L Wilgose
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Brilliant book
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Published 5 months ago by Derek Ramsay
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A really good read and uncovers the myths about talent and the driving forces behind success. Can relate to business as well as sport
Published 5 months ago by Glyn Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is great motivation and a must read for all coaches
Published 6 months ago by George W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Interesting & thought provoking. As with all these types of books, it is always a case of sorting the wheat from the chaff but overall the principles and theories are worth... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. L. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
Fantastic read. Would highly recommend to anybody with a slight interest in sport or business and the thinking that goes into it! very clever stuff!!
Published 10 months ago by miguel
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & interesting work!
I had an opportunity to see Rasmus Ankersen on stage (his presentation of gold mine effect). The book is even more interesting, giving a lot of examples etc.
Published 12 months ago by Jaakko Isotalo
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting ideas
Great book. Gives its own ideas but also backs up other literature on the topic of talent and high performance.
Published 13 months ago by David Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable insight into the myths surrounding success
A great read with interesting stories and relevant facts. The author has gone to great lengths to investigate the reasons behind the success of elite sportsmen and women, and how... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ed Robertson
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