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Gold Mine Effect

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Icon
  • ISBN-10: 1848315031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848315037
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,573,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Gives some really good anecdotal examples of how we dampen our children's desire, determination and motivations to compete and strive for sporting excellence in what really comes down to the culture and environment that is created at high performance centres compared to the limitations abroad in countries like Russia yet the amount of players they produce in comparison to the UK is astounding. The section looking at the pushy parents was really interesting and truthful as this has become a real topic of scrutiny in recent times and I feel Rasmus provides an excellent yet different perspective on things. The reason why it was just okay was because of the limited depth and detail to the insightful and meaningful deep rooted perspectives that make it less like a novel and more academically rigorous and sound.
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Really interesting book with some great concepts to remember. But no mention of doping in these 'gold mines' and with two of the books subjects (asafa Powell & shelly Ann Fraser price) serving doping bans since publication it casts doubt on some of the learning from them and reads a little naive. But would still recommend.
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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 author leads the reader on a journey of enlightenment. For each significant point or principle the examples provided are easy to relate to. Every coach should read this book, it will improve them.
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It's an easy book to read although some of the text is a bit laboured and repetitive in sections. Some good analysis is presented on why and how people perform as they do. One particular idea is that to even join the elite as someone with talent you have to do at least 10,000 hours of training and practice; also that the difference often between elite and the elite elite is a question of effort and focus put into training and not natural skill or talent. Well worth reading.
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