Marco Kaye's Reviews > The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong

The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk
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Sep 19, 2010

really liked it
Read from September 16 to 18, 2010

Sound the alarms! "No one is genetically doomed to mediocrity." This book is easy to read and interesting. The author goes to great lengths (half of the book is sources) to smash all the myths associated with innate talent. Basically he doesn't even want people to say innate talent anymore.

It takes a lot of hard work, of course, but not just that. It's "deliberate practice,"It…does not involve a mere execution or repetiton of already attained skills but repeated attempts to reach beyond one’s current level which is associated with frequent failures.”

In other words, failure is something that is desired. The book goes on to say that, "In the short term, from day to day and month to month, there’s nothing particularly fun about the process or the substantial sacrifices involved."

So let's all get to work and we can all become geniuses!

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