Gold Mine Effect
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'After reading The Gold Mine Effect I felt compelled to track Rasmus Ankersen down ... Fascinating man with a real insight into High Performance both for individuals and teams that can be applied to business and sport ... a great read and a fascinating insight into performance.' -- Sir Clive Woodward 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 'Rasmus Ankersen's thought-provoking book 'The Gold Mine Effect' I believe will become a timeless classic in the ever evolving understanding of ... the notion of talent. Parts of the book defy long-standing traditions around talent development but his intelligent use of real life experiences in and outside of sport should force anyone to ask: are we really doing everything it takes to produce the next generation of world talent?' -- Mike Forde, Executive Director, Chelsea Football Club --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. www.rasmusankersen.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Order was deliverd on time. Just opened package today threedays after delivery and the volume on the wire is broken. Everything was fine with the headphones. Wire was broken. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone seeking greatness in any walk of life, needs to read this book. Not only is it such an important read, it's a really enjoyable read too.Published 9 months ago by Leon Jennings
As an experienced football (soccer) coach, I continually look to discover the secrets of producing the next sports superstar. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andrew
Very generic self help book full of truisms and cliche's. Mainly leaving 3 stars because of his constant slagging off of British sport and traininPublished 17 months ago by Sam
The subject matter is interesting but the book is uneven. The theories aren't substantiated in a reasoned way. Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. M. Brumley
Excellent book with a lot of interesting concepts explained in a simple and easy to understand way!Published 23 months ago by Mrs S L Wilgose
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gerlinde Boback