Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
As a sophomore in high school, I remember asking my favorite English teacher if he would sign off on my application to an advanced writing class. The look on his face was shock: mouth open, eyebrows raised. I felt stupid for even asking.
Needless to say, I took a general English class my junior year.
But I decided I didn't want the other kids to get ahead of me academically. I didn't have that elusive, all-important trait that ...more
Key implications: There's no "genius" gene, and in any case it doesn't take genius to become an expert or eli ...more
Back in 2008 Malcolm Gladwell introduced K. Anders Ericssons research on expertise to the masses. Those who read up on the research understood that there was more to it than the version presented in Gladwell's book. Unfort ...more
Anders Ericsson reasons that expertise is best developed by deliberate practice and the existence of innate talent is an unconfirmed hypothesis.
Deliberate practice means doing - knowledge by itself is not indicative of expertise.
This is a positive book as its message is that the power to become great in any area is in everyone's hands.
Here are the insights.
Gaining expertise is largely a matter of improving one’s mental processes.
If you never push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will nev
Thesis: there is no such thing as natural ability — anyone can become an expert by putting in the time (10K hour rule). Traits favorable to a task help at the beginning, but don't make a difference at high levels — it all comes down to effort.
Mastery is possible through deliberate practice, focused training with an expert who can push you to a higher understanding of the craft. A key ingredient is using mental representations, these help yo ...more
I try to keep a running list of "important" books that I want my kids to read when they're older. I'm adding Peak and its story of deliberate practice to the list. The book makes the point that there is no such thing as innate talent (or if there is, it only helps one at the very beginning of learning a new skill). Deliberate practice and building mental models (referred to as mental representations) are the keys. This book reinforced to me that having my kids take music lessons is ...more
This book was well researched and used a lot of case studies to demonstrate its ideas. In my opinion, this book may get mixed reviews depending on the type of reader you are;
For those who are trying to find straightforward practical advice to help you obtain a skill. You might find this book a bit frustrating as you have to s ...more
Capsule Review for Writers: this book is useful up to a certain point of competence, and then...you’re on your own, I’m afraid.
He provides interesting examples from mostly sports and music and chess, a little from ballet, and the only writing example he uses is Benjamin Franklin’s deconstruction and reconstruction of articles he admired, and how he set about to practice his way to become a good art ...more
Funnily enough, one of the principles behind being a better performer (musical, mathematical etc.) is exactly the same as when you want to increase your physical performance: progressive overload.
We've all seen people that go to the gym and don't progress; guitarists that play exactly the s ...more
Everyone should read and consider the implications on their life if we all used deliberate practice in everything we do. I will begin immediately using the techniques in this book to improve my life for me and my family.
However, the main crux of this ...more
The book starts out by making a pretty basic statement which is that the body and the brain do not have any pre-wired skills. However, we have the ability to acquire skills through practice. In other words the human body and brain are highly adaptable.
Given this, effective learning strategies should take advantage of the fact that adaptability exists.
The book claims that the strategies in this book work both in physical ...more
1. Deliberate practice: most powerful form of learning. Purposeful repetition. Putting baby steps together to meet a long-term goal. Break it down, make a plan. Get outside your comfort zone.
2. Maintain positive feedback. Figure out the right way to practice. Focus. Feedback. Fix it.
3. The brain growth and changes in response to enhance training
4. Mental Representation - guide practice compared against what I did, identify mistakes and then correct for next time.
5. Add ...more
He loses a star for not making his findings more applicable. There's some advice on how to develop deliberate practice, but given the ...more
1. 10000 hours is not necessary though focus to practice long enough is important. The key is deliberate practice.
2. Besides deliberate practice and feedback, mental representation is very important.
3. What we should improve ourselves is to learn from experts, coaches on what their mental representation works.
4. No one is innate talent, IQ is not important, the difference between genes may only lies in someone who would more likely to do more effective ment ...more