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This book changed my perception about talent versus practice,
This review is from: Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice (Paperback)
At the heart of Syed's brilliant book is the concept that 'purposeful practice' tops talent (whatever that might be) any day of the week. The author draws on examples from various sports such as golf, basketball, table tennis and (if you call it a sport) chess. Combining those learnings with other very interesting academic, medical and psychogical studies, he puts a really persuasive case that purposeful practice (as opposed to low-level repetition) and good old fashioned hard graft are the key to success.
Two thoughts: 1) Syed stood as a Labour Party candidate in the general election of 2001 in an unwinnable seat. If he'd won in a safe seat, just think what he could have become as a Sports Minister who actually understands sport, has played it to an international level and is a radical thinker. 2) How on earth did Brian Moore's interesting-in-parts but slightly dull biography beat this for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2010? I demand a recount!
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Maybe because of the politically correct spin obfuscation about race and sports. Jon Entine's work is far better & honest than Syed's squid ink.
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