- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Hardcover – 21 Apr 2016
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Although the audio book is a bit drol .
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I enjoyed this thought provoking book on peak performance and how it is achieved. The points are well-made and there are numerous examples to back them up. Read morePublished 25 days ago by C Jones
Not equally interesting in all its parts, this book nonetheless has a compelling central thesis: that peak performance comes from lots and lots of practice at something, but it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Jordan
It looks like this is a kindle book which I had no idea I was purchasing. I don't have a kindle so would like my money back, but there's no way to contact anyone to do so. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs KL Beyer
Good information and plenty of research but takes too long to make a point and there isn't enough actionable advice for someone looking to use this info to get better at something... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Purchaser
Supremely well written book that informs as much as it entertains. Based on research, it shows a strong correlation between amount of focussed, deliberate practice and expert... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. N. Moffatt