Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Who Needs Talent Anyway?
January 14, 2009, 2:45 PM
Filed under: Success

When we come upon successful people, we instantly label them as talented: “Bob has a natural talent for leadership—look at how well his team is organized and the numbers they turn out!” Is Bob really a natural born leader, blessed with a talent for leading people? Probably not, concludes Geoff Colvin, an editor and columnist for Fortune Magazine, speaker, and author of Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.


According to Colvin, great performance is no longer reserved for the preordained few—using scientific research he has managed to discover the secrets of extraordinary performance and how to apply these principles to our lives and work. From the inside flap of Talent Is Overrated: “According to Geoff Colvin … both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes all the difference is a highly specific kind of effort that few of us pursue … ‘Deliberate practice’ isn’t the kind of hard work that your parents told you about. It’s difficult. It hurts. But more of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.”


Colvin offers a new mindset and practical advice in Talent Is Overrated that can alter the way you think about your career, and will inspire you to achieve more. The book is a New York Times bestseller, as well as an upcoming summary selection. We’re excited to share this new way of thinking with you.


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