Synopses & Reviews
"Excellent."--The Wall Street Journal
Since its publication ten years ago, businesspeople, investors, doctors, parents, students, athletes, and musicians at every level have adopted the maxims of Talent Is Overrated to get better at what they're passionate about. Now this classic has been updated and revised with new research and takeaways to help anyone achieve even greater performance.
Why are certain people so incredibly great at what they do? Most of us think we know the answer--but we're almost always wrong. That's important, because if we're wrong on this crucial question, then we have zero chance of getting significantly better at anything we care about.
Happily, the real source of great performance is no longer a mystery. Bringing together extensive scientific research, bestselling author Geoff Colvin shows where we go wrong and what actually makes world-class performers so remarkable. It isn't specific, innate talent, nor is it plain old hard work. It's a very specific type of work that anyone can do--but most people don't.
What's more, the principles of great performance apply to virtually any activity that matters to you. Readers worldwide have been inspired by this book's liberating message: You don't need a one-in-a-million natural gift. Better performance, and maybe even world-class performance, is closer than you think.
“Even as businesses prepare for difficult times they must keep an eye on the long term, trimming the fat but not the muscle and sometimes spending where it makes sense. Colvin has defined a new genre of management book: the bust-buster.”—RICHARD DONKIN, Financial Times
PRAISE FOR GEOFF COLVINS TALENT IS OVERRATED
“Excellent.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating book.” —Charlie Rose
“A profoundly important book.” —Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
About the Author
Geoff Colvin, Fortune's senior editor at large, writes the magazine's popular column "Value Driven" and is the author of The Upside of the Downturn. He lectures widely and is the lead moderator for the Fortune Global Forum. He also offers daily business commentary on the CBS Radio Network. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.