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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (21 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847923194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847923196
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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"Most “important” books aren’t much fun to read. Most fun books aren’t very important. But with Peak, Anders Ericsson (with great work from Robert Pool) has hit the daily double. After all, who among us doesn’t want to learn how to get better at life? A remarkable distillation of a remarkable lifetime of work" (Stephen J. Dubner, bestselling author of FREAKONOMICS)

"Offer[s] an optimistic anti-determinism that ought to influence how people educate children, manage employees and spend their time." (The Economist)

"This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about." (Seth Godin, author of LINCHPIN)

"The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work a person can achieve: to become a little bit better each day." (Daniel Coyle, bestselling author of THE TALENT CODE)

"Ericsson's research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. He has found that what separates the best of us from the rest is not innate talent but simply the right kind of training and practice. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world." (Joshua Foer, bestselling author of MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN)

"An invaluable exploration into the details of what makes the difference between simply going through the motions (for 10,000 hours!) and practising to reap significant improvement. A thought-provoking and extremely useful book." (Harriet Beveridge, author of WILL IT MAKE THE BOAT GO FASTER?)

"His ultimate message is an uplifting, optimistic one and should be applauded." (Nick Rennison Daily Mail)

"Invaluable." (David Didau Learning Spy)

"The work of the academic psychologist Anders Ericsson has inspired half a dozen popular accounts of the relationship between talent and effort. This year, with the science writer Robert Pool, he produced a book of his own, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (Bodley Head), which may be the liveliest and clearest of the lot." (Leo Robson Books of the Year, New Statesman)

"The clear style helps cast new light on a subject I thought I understood. I found his discussion of mental representations and the distinction between purposeful and deliberate practice especially illuminating" (Leaning Spy, Book of the Year)

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Talent is a myth - learn how to unlock your potential with the world's reigning expert on expertise.

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We have all heard by now that 10,000 hours of practice will allow you to master any art or profession. But the authors of this book point out that, unless that practice is deliberate, tailored to your needs, they will be so much wasted time. Drawing on research, some carried out by Ericsson himself, the book teaches how to spend those hours in deliberate practice, tailored to actually build the skills and mental representations that will create the abilities you desire.

They apply this to people of all ages and across a wide variety of fields, from music to sport to business, so an understanding of the principles can be applied to whatever you pursue.

A truly optimistic book that gives you the tools you need to make those thousands of hours of hard graft needed to achieve your dreams effective and highly gratifying.
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If you want to learn how to become better at what you do or anything at all, then this is the book for you.

The summary of the book is that everyone has the ability to become really good at what they do. Whether you want to become a chess grandmaster, a dancer, a doctor, engineer etc, you can! there are just a few ingredients

1. Do deliberate practice. Learn the best possible way to get better at what you do. Ideally learn 1 on 1 where you can focus to
Improve and learn from the best. Make sure to get feedback. Do, learn, fail, rinse, repeat, succeed eventually.

2. Practice practice practice. This will help build mental representations to improve what you do. Studies have shown that the more hours someone puts into getting better, the better they become. So someone that has practiced 2000 hours will most likely be better than someone who has practiced 200. But the key is deliberate practice. So practice in a way to improve and push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

I've learned an incredible amount from reading this book and it has left me believing I can get better and do anything.
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Very interesting book and very well written too. Some excellent insights into how we learn and what it takes be a top performer in certain activities, intellectual and physical. Great book, but needs reading at length, not one to dip in and out of.
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Very interesting book. The concept is very valid. However it has been around for a while it's just the fact that some practitioners don't use it in their day to day work with their athletes and teams. Great read!..
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The subject and Erikson's extensive experience armoire than worth the money for anyone fascinated by skill acquisition.
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A extremely interesting book . Well worth reading .
Although the audio book is a bit drol .
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Engaging, and provides a clear explanation as to how we can develop strategies to improve in many different fields requiring skill
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Great product and fast delivery
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