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  • Bounce

  • Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,524 ratings)
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By: Matthew Syed
Narrated by: James Clamp
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Summary

Winner of the Best New Writer category of the British Sports Book Awards 2011.

Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds been black?

What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common?

Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?

Why are baseball players so superstitious?

Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

Bounce reveals how competition - the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits - provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.

Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.

p> PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Matthew Syed (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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good stories, well structured, lots to learn

I enjoyed the associated stories. well balanced. lots of good insights. I will share it with my son

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Inspirational

I truly enjoyed this book. It changed the way I think about how to best approach self development. On top of it being inspirational, it was very enjoyable to listen to. It's full of entertaining real-life examples that bring home an "aha" moment in every chapter. Note that many examples in this book are taken from Malcom Gladwell's books such as the Tipping Point and Outliers. I recommend it.

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fantastic reading with some challenging concepts

Thoroughly intriguing book that peels back the lid & uncovers truth on some common misconceptions

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Utterly amazing

You need to listen to this book. Right now. The content is thought-provoking, the delivery superb, Such a great book and a ton of value for anybody wanting to succeed in life.

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great book very interesting

great book very interesting and makes complete sense once you listen would definitely recommend this.

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Starts well but fizzles out

A good listen but the topic drifts towards the end. Enjoyed it enough to buy another audible by Matthew Syed.

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An excellent insightful experience

I really enjoyed it. So we can all be superstars? I just need to find 10000 hours :-)

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Opens your mind to "Talent" growth.

So many interesting and linked ideas. Too many kids get written off too early due to "a lack talent," in both sport and academics. I never agreed with that. I'm off to buy the book now, so I read about the background research and links referred to in the audio.

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Must Read!

The first part of the books just seems like common sense that people ignore on a day to day basis. I would strongly recommend this for any young parents or soon to be parents.

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Food for thought

Enjoyed the way the author teased out the ideas & themes of each chapter. If a bit looooong winded at times.
Motivational & thought provoking.

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