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However, this requires so much effort that only those with proper motivation will ever be able to succeed. If you compare him to someone twice his age who has spent the same amount of time practicing – his technique isn’t all exceptional!

The first half of the book consists of direct quotes from and regurgitation of Colvin and Coyle's books and says nothing new about the alleged main subject of the book. However, when it’s all on the line, that’s not exactly what you want. It’s right in those moments that you want yoursubconscious to be in charge, so you can actually reap the benefits of all your hard training. All in-house AV equipment, including projector screens, TV screens and microphones to enhance your event or brand the spaces with company logosWhat happened to Eminem when he finally got his shot to show everyone how good he was at rapping live on stage? He choked. Talent] cannot be taught in a classroom; it is not something you are born with; it must be lived and learned. To put it another way, it emerges through practice”. Purposeful practice is about striving for what is just out of reach and not quite making it; it is about grappling with tasks beyond current limitations and falling short again and again”. Syed makes an interesting point, that the talent myth is believed by so many, and that as a result it is very damaging to some institutions. These institutions "insist on placing inexperienced individuals--albeit with strong reasoning skills--in positions of power". They do not understand that domain knowledge may be more important than reasoning ability. An example that comes to mind is the military, where officers are rotated from one job to another, even outside of their areas of expertise. They are in effect managers with no expert understanding of the technical field in which they preside. Now, you have to agree: not many books can put such names next to each other and walk away from it unscathed.

There is an amazing story about Laszlo Polgar, a Hungarian educational psychologist. He was an early advocate of the practice theory of expertise. His central thesis was that areas of expertise can be open to all, and not just to people with special talents. He was not believed, so he devised an experiment with his yet unborn daughters. He would train his children to play chess, a game where he was not an expert. He took care to allow his three daughters to become internally motivated to love the game, and to practice it frequently. Polgar himself was not a good chess player, but he thought that the international rating system would help to objectively quantify the level that his children would ultimately attain. To make a long story short, each of his three daughters became world-class chess players. Take Mozart for example. He may be the archetypal prodigy. After all, he was a brilliant musical performer by the age of 6. And at that age, can’t even differentiate a musical quarter note from a poorly drawn shovel! This book is a collection of quite a few different things. Syed is a very insightful and informed thinker and the ideas here are stimulating. Our book shelf is always bursting at the seams with the latest reads. So, in the spirit of sharing, we decided to create a book club. Read on for our review of Bounce by Matthew Syed. What is Bounce all about?

Other Books by Matthew Syed

But when scientists ran a bunch of tests on the English national team’s players, they found the best player, Desmond Douglas, to have the slowest reaction times. What can happento all performers in such a high pressure situation, is that their conscious brain takes over, because itusually allows them to take extra caution and be very alert of every movement, so they don’t make a mistake. Among the many chapters he has outlined in his book, the one principle which I took to heart was the 10,000 hour principle. What he states is that what you tend to do for 10,000 hours with total dedication and excellence is what you will be good at – and it could be anything. And thus debunking the ‘talent myth’ as they call it. That is what made Mozart, Tiger Woods or the William sisters famous for who they were. In fact he humbly admits what took him to the top of his game was a simple advantage – he had access to learning table tennis and practicing it where so many others did not.

Choking, then, is a kind of neural glitch that occurs when the brain switches to a system of explicit monitoring”. Complexity] describes those tasks characterized by combinatorial explosion; tasks where success is determined, first and foremost, by superiority in software (pattern recognition and sophisticated motor programmes) rather than hardware (simple speed or strength)”. Nominated for William Hill's Sports Book of the Year in 2010, this examines the case for the hypothesis that natural talent is bunk, and practice is what makes you great. Syed is an ex table tennis player, and focuses on sport, but covers examples from anywhere he can find them, including the collapse of Enron. And, sometimes, motivation is a strange thing. For example, there are many Brazilian soccer greats, mainly because there were always many before them! If you don’t believe that, take for example the phenomenon of female K-golfers dominating the sport. Until 1998, when Se-ri Pak became the first South Korean golfer to win the U.S. Women’s Open – there was basically none!After Part I, Syed's largely anecdotal structure becomes tired. Too many flowery descriptions about athletes' lives and I wasn't nearly as intrigued by the conclusions. They were mostly just a spinning out of the points he made in the first part. I would've restructured the book to fit the theses of parts II and III into part I. Through examples of religion and the placebo effect, the book highlights how self-belief in your own ability directly impacts performance. Exceptional performers all have capacity for irrational optimism. 3. X-ray vision

However, that doesn’t make him a better driver. In an everyday car crash, he wouldn’t hit the brakes any faster than you or me. Or that “Klein found that for chess experts the move quality hardly changed at all in blitz conditions”. Laughable, truly, for anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of high level chess. But scratch beneath the surface, and you will find that all the successful systems have one thing in common: they institutionalize the principles of purposeful practice”. Different things motivate different people, but the best part of it is – some of them are even trivial. For example, for Mia Hamm, that something was her coach telling her to “switch on.” For South Korean female golfers, it was Se-ri Pak winning the U.S. Open at the age of 20. A truly fascinating read, where Syed rips apart the talent myth from both his own personal experience (as an Olympic table tennis player) and from surveying the world of other sports, where the idea that some "heroes" have an innate talent that cannot be learned is strongest. I guarantee that if you finish this book, and if you haven't come across any of these arguments or opinions before, then you will be looking at the world, and possibly yourself, in a different way from here on in.No venue hire: Your quoted minimum spend will be fully converted into your choice of food / drinks / bar tab / games and activities Mathew Syed - a British Journalist and Broadcaster was, as it turned out was born of a British Pakistani father and a Welsh mother. To his credentials he was a Five times Men’s Single Champion at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Champion and represented Great Britain for two Olympic Games. He covers familiar territory discrediting the talent myth, but also goes into how the talent myth can actually impede success (if I'm not naturally good at it, why try?). He also goes into some areas in the end that was more sports-centric, which at first I didn't find that interesting but he turned me around. Primarily talking about steroid/performance enhancements in sports - which I thought was a bit of a tangent at first, but raised good questions and for the first time actually got me interested in the issue (not a sports guy). He also talks about myths and self-fulfilling prophecies around race and athletics that was extremely informative and also got me thinking about the issue in a new light.

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