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Nutrition for Serious Athletes
Nutrition for Serious Athletes
by Dan Bernardot
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice., 12 Jun 2012
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One of those great books you can throw on your lap and find some good, easy to read, and fast advice, no matter which page opens there by chance.

The author has enough experience to credit his words, which are, not very surprinsingly, nothing new. He points out that the simplest paths of nutrition still work, because they are good not only for being simple, but for being natural.

I highly recommend this book, especially for those going through fancy magazines, extreme diets, and miracle products. Drink more water, no matter what your objective is, and eat more carbs if you need more fuel.

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
by Geoff Colvin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

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5.0 out of 5 stars Now you know: it's up to you to be great., 12 Jun 2012
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Other books in goal achieving just point directions, use opinions and avoid facts. This one tries to give a very deep insight, a thesis, on what is great performance and how greatest performers achieved it. Take that as a warning, this is not the most easy to read book I ever bought, you could find the first part of the book (60 pages or so) a bit slow, but as any scientific paper does, it settles the scenario to talk about the subject in depth and gives the reader the oportunity to follow it.

Talent is overrated gives dozens of examples of great performance based on deliberate practice, gives referenced notes of every paper or research named in the book and takes the time to argue why some ways of training work better than others.

The author gives some advice on how to use this on companies and teams, how to avoid what most organizations do to destroy any chance of great performance and deliberate practice. This part is very interesting if you are starting a business or planning to do so.

I am sorry for those who claim, after reading it, that talent is necessary to achieve greatness, because they just won't have any of it. In fact, I could place a bet here: you, the naysayers, go and ask any great performer, go and ask any great sportsman, any business "prodigy", any "talented" musician or scientist. Tell them that they are the best in their fields because they had a "gift", tell them that they didn't work HARDER AND BETTER (which is more hours but also, and more importantly, well planned time and objectives) than anybody else. They will laugh at the idea.

Michellangelo Buonarroti, arguably the greatest artist of all time, said: "If they knew how much work it takes, they wouldn't call it genius". But, you know, he also said (or they say he said) something that made him unable to believe in such as thing as "Talent", he said "criticize by creating". So I will try to help instead of arguing on the internet, which I found is not the best way for deliberate practice:

I recommend this book for those trying to excel in any field, and would recommend this other books in particular, as they helped me a lot:

Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning For those trying to be something at sports. This book gives good advice, but not easy to follow tips. This is deliberate practice.
E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It This is a classic most of you already know, read it if you are trying to run a successful business.
Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done, Today! Very short and easy to read, but worth every single word. A deliberate practice manual. Recommended for everyone.
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton Feynman was a genius, or so called. He surely was one of the greatest minds of the last century, but you will learn (and have lots of fun on the way) that he was trained, raised from his early years, to be a curious mind, to be eager to learn WHY everything happened. This book is also a very important read if you are looking for deliberate practice, other books teach you what to do, this one tells you to have fun with it.

Premier Housewares Pleat Faux Silk Cushion - 45 x 45 cm - Black/Silver
Premier Housewares Pleat Faux Silk Cushion - 45 x 45 cm - Black/Silver
Price: £6.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Not really that big., 18 Jan 2012
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Well, this has been a bit disappointing. The cushion is smaller than I thought, that might be 45 cm if you measure them with the ruler some people use for their intimate parts.

It is nice and the touch feels like good quality, but being so small, there is no way this is going to support the weight of my head.

Not worth the money, I really regret buying it.

by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars His worst is still quite good., 10 Feb 2010
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I am a huge fan of Palahniuk's books and I've read most of them twice, so I can tell you this is probably his worst novel.

That's it. It's short, the ending might be a bit predictable and, the thing I disliked most, characters are quite plain compared to previous works of the author, as some reviewer said.

But, being so far away in quality from Choke, Fight Club and all this stuff you've just read if you checked other reviews, it's still a very funny book, very easy and worth-reading.

Lower your expectations, forget who's the author and just enjoy this book, because being Palahniuk's worst doesn't mean being that bad.

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