Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
"Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [ Peak ]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson's research focuses on the real world, and he explains in ...more
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
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 ones mental processes.
If you never push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will
Key implications: There's no "genius" gene, and in any case it doesn't take genius to become an expert or ...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. ...more
The premise is: We develop excellence through deliberate practice.
Context: This is Anders Ericsson and Robert Pools' mainstream distillation of The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, which was made famous through Gladwell's reference of the "10,000 Hour Rule" in Outliers.
I am sold on the idea of deliberate practice and did not need to be convinced, however there is plenty here to persuade the reader to adopt the ...more
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise had good intentions, but ultimately lost me by frequently being too long-winded and digressive. Furthermore, as I was listening to the audiobook, I felt like I was hearing reiteration after reiteration of the same ascertainment. Such a pity, as I expected a lot from this book.
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 you ...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
1. Create a feedback loop - surround yourself with experts and get their ...more
Another author that was inspired by the work of ...more
This book is impressive, extremely useful to understand how to develop skills and not merely knowledge. The author shatters the pipe dreams of born a genius kind of myths, he also dispels the deep rooted belief that all it takes is 10,000 hours. The author differentiated between purposeful practice and deliberate practice as a means to explain ...more
Among a myriad useful, insightful things-- the importance of mental representations in expert performance, naive vs purposeful vs deliberate practice, why skills trump knowledge--the core message of the book is an inspirational one: apart from a few areas (say swimming) you are ...more
Many wide ranging stories hold Peak together and it is easy to relate to a few of the case studies. But I was left feeling dissatisfied. The stories felt a little laboured, the case ...more
A few great takeaways from this book:
1. If you are unsure if this book is for you, read the introduction. I found it spellbinding (it deals with the idea of "perfect pitch" and questions whether ...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 ...more
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Currently, Ericsson studies expert performance in domains such as medicine, music, chess, and sports, focusing exclusively on extended deliberate ...more