Essential reading following an astounding summer of sport; if you’ve ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer.
This edition does not include illustrations.
What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger Woods “choke”? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has...more
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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.
His book Bounce thus turned out to be a book that focused on excellence in spo...more
I read Syed got a million dollar advance for this, which made quite a few people wonder. Apparently he (or actually his agent Jonny Geller) pitched the book as the 'Freakonomics of Sport'. It got reworked along the way so it applies now to life in general, with the title getting dressed up rather late in the process. The title had listed Tiger Woods; he was dropped, and 'Bounce' was picked as a hook word for the title. I am kind of surprised they didn't decide to edit Tiger...more
I don't think success is easy, but in my own life and from the stori...more
Part I - I wish this was the entirety of the book. If it were, I would recommend it to every professional person, athlete, artist and student. In summary: You can achieve success in any discipline if you make it happen for yourself and put in sufficient, structured,...more
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.
This was really interesting. I basically believed in the central premise before I read it, but the amount of evidence he presents seems pretty conclusive. My favourite 'study' was a Hungar...more
Eye popping! I finished this book nearly 2 weeks ago and still, that's
my reaction when I think back over this piece of literature. Read this
book and you'll never look at top athletes, CEOs, musicians, or any
field in the same way. I couldn't put this book down; the data flowed
like a well written story; the story read like a great conversation - if
you enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, read this book!
I have to admit, when I first start...more
In very simple words Matthew has explained how "purposeful practice" can bring success to anybody who desires. The number of narratives he has provided in this book reinforces the fact that it is only sheer dedication and purposeful practice that ha...more
Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under ten 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 journal...more
The book contains a series of case studies that proves it main point, while making convincing counter-arguments that also supports the thesis. It does take, however, a curious tangent at the e...more
This book focuses on principles that dri...more
Highly reminiscent of other books - Malcom Gladwell's 'Outlier', Geoff Colvin's 'Talent is Overrated', Michael Howe's 'Genius Explained', Daniel Coyle's 'The Talent Code', Carol Dweck's 'Mindset', and the likes - the key thrusts of Syed's contention in 'Bounce' mirror that of those sa...more
I recommend it as a compelling look into the growth mindset of people who excel, whether they’re musicians, athletic champions, firefighters, nurses or in any other field.
The commonly held theory that it takes a “talent mindset” for success is a myth, according to author Matthew Syed, an international table-tennis champion from England. Anyone ca...more
Recommended by a friend, I thought Bounce would be a interesting read about how professional sportsmen are made. Little did I know how it would challenge and encourage me in my own profession. The book is set on proving that to get anywhere with any skill, you need to put in 10,000 hours of meaningful practice or 10 years and you will be at expert level. It is not about natural ability but hard work. I found this concept absolutely awe inspiring. As a piano teacher I have always told...more