Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage.
Three world-class chess players were sisters, whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born.
Anders Ericsson has spent thirty years studying The Special Ones, the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is th ...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 one’s mental processes.
If you never push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will nev
Key implications: There's no "genius" gene, and in any case it doesn't take genius to become an expert or elite p ...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
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 aut ...more
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
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. ...more
1. Create a feedback loop - surround yourself with experts and get their feedb ...more
Another author that was inspired by the work of ...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 n ...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 s ...more
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