Matthew Syed



Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six bestselling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Rebel Ideas, Bounce, Black Box Thinking, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, You Are Awesome and The You Are Awesome Journal – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and a regular contributor to television and radio. In his previous career, Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.

Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. By understa
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Black Box Thinking: Why Som...

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Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Pi...

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Rebel Ideas: The Power of D...

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You Are Awesome: Find Your ...

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The Greatest: The Quest for...

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You Are Awesome Journal

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“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Matthew Syed, Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do

“Studies have shown that we are often so worried about failure that we create vague goals, so that nobody can point the finger when we don’t achieve them. We come up with face-saving excuses, even before we have attempted anything.

We cover up mistakes, not only to protect ourselves from others, but to protect us from ourselves. Experiments have demonstrated that we all have a sophisticated ability to delete failures from memory, like editors cutting gaffes from a film reel—as we’ll see. Far from learning from mistakes, we edit them out of the official autobiographies we all keep in our own heads.”
Matthew Syed, Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do

“Well, it doesn’t work. Lowering standards just leads to poorly educated students who feel entitled to easy work and lavish praise.”
Matthew Syed, Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

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