Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

3.97 avg rating
( 13,670 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781591842248: Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortune, a top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance.

One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called What It Takes to Be Great. Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field--from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch--are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness.

Now Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples. He shows that the skills of business, negotiating deals, evaluating financial statements, and all the rest obey the principles that lead to greatness, so that anyone can get better at them with the right kind of effort. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved.

This new mind-set, combined with Colvin's practical advice, will change the way you think about your job and career and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Geoff Colvin, Fortune’s senior edi­tor at large, is one of America’s most respected journalists. He lectures widely and is the regular lead modera­tor for the Fortune Global Forum. A frequent television guest, Colvin also appears daily on the CBS Radio Net­work, reaching seven million listeners each week. He coanchored Wall Street Week on PBS for three years. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

From AudioFile:

Geoff Colvin expands upon his FORTUNE article "What It Takes to Be Great" in this positive reinforcement manifesto. The author makes the point that it's not one's learned experience, or even natural aptitude, but the training process that creates the overachievers in our society. This takes into account the fields of sports, music, business, and even science. Like most self-help literature, Colvin backs his theory with faith and, coming from a business background, he recommends a systematic approach to training. The listener couldn't experience a smoother voice than David Drummond's to deliver the message. Years of voice-over experience ensure that his tone is measured, and he seldom wavers from his smooth self-assurance. J.S.H. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Geoff Colvin
ISBN 10: 1591842247 ISBN 13: 9781591842248
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97815918422480000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Geoff Colvin
Published by Portfolio (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591842247 ISBN 13: 9781591842248
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Portfolio, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1591842247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Geoff Colvin
ISBN 10: 1591842247 ISBN 13: 9781591842248
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
LVeritas
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Bookseller Inventory # 36SEQU0011Y9

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 31.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Colvin, Geoff
Published by Portfolio (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591842247 ISBN 13: 9781591842248
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Portfolio, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111591842247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Colvin, Geoff
Published by Portfolio (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591842247 ISBN 13: 9781591842248
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Portfolio, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1591842247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Geoff Colvin
Published by Portfolio Hardcover (2008)
ISBN 10: 1591842247 ISBN 13: 9781591842248
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Portfolio Hardcover, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1591842247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds