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Peak Audiobook

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "The road is long."

    Yes, the road is long, but know this: you can only improve your skills, you can never improve your self, for your self is the one who observes improvement (or the lack of it.)

    Enjoy your work and redefine it as play because if you set out to improve a skill with a lot of stress and the need to improve you will enivitably contaminate all that you do and seek with negative vibes.

    It is therefore wise to learn who you truly are before you learn any other subject. This may seem Needlessly esoteric but it will save you much unnecessary stress and trouble in the long run.

    Peace and love.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dsodonoghue 29/10/2016
    dsodonoghue 29/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    WildMike Kent, UK 05/07/2016
    WildMike Kent, UK 05/07/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Fascinating and inspiring."

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. P. A. A. Banjo London, UK 13/06/2016
    Mr. P. A. A. Banjo London, UK 13/06/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "A life changing book. I highly recommend it"

    This is a life changing book that dispels many myths around talent, genius, savants and others. It has caused me to embark on a quest of self improvement with more rigour.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Gaskell 04/12/2016
    James Gaskell 04/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A must for anyone trying to learn anything"

    Interesting and fascinating. A book on effective practice by the Father of modern performance studies.
    The much cited "10,000" hour rule was adopted from some of his studies (Anders himself doesn't like the rule).
    The principles of deliberate practice and mental representations are the keys to replicating expert performance and I feel that these could be outlined in a few pages. Having said that, the rest of the book is still fascinating and worth sticking with.

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    Priyaranjan Padhi 02/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "read this instead of "The outliers" by MG"

    excellent book . Geniuses are made not born. Highly recommended for people of all ages.

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    TB 27/11/2016
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    "Excellent book"

    Very clear, excellent explanation of a complex and challenging area. Overall, found the message that practice is key very inspirational.

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    Quinn 14/11/2016
    Quinn 14/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "These are the guys that wrote Gladwell's rhymes"

    Empowering. The best way to improve examined. Weakness: doesn't answer the question fully about what environmental factors supercede practice and doesn't consider the work world much. Overall worth a listen, very well read and laid out arguments in a meaningful fashion

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    Charlott Halmstad, Sweden 05/11/2016
    Charlott Halmstad, Sweden 05/11/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book"

    Every coach, teacher, parent or a person who works with people should read this book!

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    Mr. J. A. Edwards nottingham, England 25/10/2016
    Mr. J. A. Edwards nottingham, England 25/10/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Incredible book"

    The narrator's accent annoys me a bit, he seems to think stressing both words in a compound noun makes you sound more learned

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    04/09/16
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peak to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so it's hard to say whether it's better or not.


    What other book might you compare Peak to and why?

    This can be compared to Outliers (though I haven't read that one yet). But I believe this is better than Malcolm Galdwell's book since it expands on the 10,000 hour rule


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Beevers – was your favorite?

    The narrator


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me really think about how I can improve myself or help my daughter become an expert!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen. The narrator is great too. Loved it!

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  • Piotr Golofit
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    "Great book!"

    Best book I've listened to this year! I will surely listen to it again soon.

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  • Ingmar Lindström
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    29/08/16
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    "Great insights and grand plans"

    Great narrator, science backed information and visions for the future. I recommend it to anyone wishing to better themselves and the ones around them.

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