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'Excellent.' The Wall Street Journal
'A profoundly important book. With clarity and precision, Geoff Colvin exposes one of the fundamental misconceptions of modern life - that our ability to excel depends on innate qualities. Then, drawing on an array of compelling stories and stacks of research, he reveals the true path to high performance - deliberate practice fueled by intrinsic motivation. This is a rare business book that will prompt you to think and inspire you to act.' Daniel H Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
'Colvin convincingly argues that top performers in business as well as in sports, in science and in the arts owe their success to the intense practice of key skills rather than to some unique genius.' Newsweek
'Mr Colvin reassures us that the techniques for greatness can be learnt easily.' The Times
'The core principle underlying Geoff Colvin's new book is that hard work pays. Indeed, Colvin gives all of us mortals hope.' Luke Johnson in Management Today
'Geoff Colvin has done all of us a great service... this gem will be my pick for the best business books of the year. It's a brilliant piece of work, and it deserves to be studied by anyone involved in human development.' The Leadership Challenge
'What an exciting book! Talent is Overrated explains where tomorrow's business champions will really come from. Read it - it is truly research based. It's a real breakthrough.' --Ram Charan, coauthor of Execution
'I rejoice! In this amply researched, adroitly reasoned, and lucently written book, Geoff Colvin democratizes the potentiality to be a success - in any field. Even if you didn't talk to the baby nurses the moment you were born, write a sonata before you were two, or create a global lemonade-stand business in grammar school, you have the potential to be a great orator, a master composer, or a Jack Welch. If you have the urge, go for it! Geoff tells you how to get there, and what he says comports totally with my own experiences in sports, law, and business.' Herb Kelleher, cofounder and chairman, Southwest Airlines
'Geoff Colvin takes us on a tour de force to understanding exceptional performance; using the arts, science, and business, his book shows us how some humans are Olympian in their achievements. The book is packed with useful insights and ultimately a 'mirror test,' two profound questions for readers pondering their own potential for exceptional performance: What do you want? And what do you believe? This book opens you to deep self-reflection.' --Noel Tichy, coauthor (with Warren Bennis) of Judgment; professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
'A fascinating study of great achievers from Mozart to Tiger Woods, and he has brilliantly highlighted the fact that great effort equals great success. Talent Is Overrated is not only inspiring but enlightening. It's a terrific read all the way through.' --Donald Trump
Geoff Colvin is Fortune's senior editor-at-large and is also the author of The Upside of the Downturn. He has served as moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, where he has interviewed Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Herb Kelleher, Peter Drucker and other business legends. Colvin graduated Harvard cum laude with a B.A. in Economics, and received his MBA from New York University's Stern School.
A bit overcooked in my opinion, especially the first few chapters. I really found the chapters on deliberate practice very useful though and I've been using the concept personally... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clare Chalmers
This book is rubbish. So little content and so much blah. Why say in a page what you can say in two chapters? Seriously, it's written in that idiotproof American self-help style. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amy J. L. Soska
A book that has completely changed my mind about the subject and that definitely is worth a reread in a few years. Game-changer!Published 11 months ago by Sergi
The first half of the book was insightful and informative, the second half was a waste of time and I couldn't wait to put it down.Published 14 months ago by Mike Roper
So interesting ! Very good made me think a lot and laugh a lot. Very light hearted but awesome read.Published 15 months ago by Charlotte