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Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were sisters whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born.
Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.
Anders Ericsson's research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule', but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question of how to make them grow.
With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it.
©2016 Anders Ericsson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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By Anonymous User on 12-05-17

The best book.

Lets say that again: The best book ever.

Everyone should listen (or read) this book. Some of my all time favourites are Jared Diamond’s Collapse and Richard Dawkins’ Ancestor’s Tale. Peak is even better.

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By Einar Aune on 09-23-17

Haven't found the secrets yet.

What was most disappointing about Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool ’s story?

This book was sold as a scroll of truth - the secrets for how to do deliberate practice. I've gotten a couple of hours into it now, and all I can see are success stories. Stories claiming that deliberate practice works, and why deliberate practice is more impactful than you might think. This is fine and for the first 30-60 minutes I really enjoyed it. But I only enjoyed it because I thought they were a pretext for the wisdom to come. How do you set up a deliberate practice session?What are the experiences of a seasoned practitioner?What are the pitfalls? What are the areas that really gives a return on your investment of time, sweat and effort?But nothing so far.I'm returning the book. A huge disappointment from someone that probably had a lot of experience to share.

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By dsodonoghue on 10-29-16

Deliberate practice

This book describes one of the most important insights of the last half century and provides both evidence and anecdotes that strongly support its conclusions. The narration is clear and delivered at a very comfortable pace. I have strongly recommended this book in all formats to friends and family.

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By WildMike on 07-05-16

Fascinating and inspiring.

Probably the best book currently available on the subject of deliberate practice. highly recommended.

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By Joshua on 01-22-17

Outliers barely skimmed the surface.

Peak provided a much deeper look into mastery and expertise than I had imagined. I'd listened to Ericsson talk in podcasts and heard much of what others had learned from his work but this book cleared up a lot of the information superbly. A couple of chapters felt like brainwaves, especially the key one on building mental representations.
A great book for anyone interested in how we can learn effectively, and particularly those seeking any kind of excellence.

The narrator was fantastic, except that whenever he would quote anyone they'd sound American, but a sort of unintelligent sounding American. Which missed the mark completely in a number of instances. But perhaps it was only jarring compared with the rest of his eloquently British narration throughout the book.

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By Ken Craig on 02-14-17

Stick with it

The listener will need to break through the early thresholds of the annoying over-articulated narration and the repetition of the content for the first 4 chapters. But stick with it and this book pays huge dividends.

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