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Peak by K. Anders Ericsson
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The people at the peak? They are not there due to their "talent". They are there because they have put in hours and hours of purposeful practice into what they do, harnessing the adaptability of the human mind and body.

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 not predisposed genetically to be bad at something, to never be an expert in something, you just need tons of deliberate practice (or just a good amount of purposeful practice if you are not aiming to get to the peak).

So some people aren't just "not good at maths". It's only because they might not have a good mental representation at the foundational level and are then led to believe, without any intended malice, that they simply aren't "mathy". (Kind of tangential but Sal Khan's "Let's teach for mastery-not test scores" also relevant somewhat).

It's a big change in mindset, a shift from "Wow, she's so talented!" to "Wow, she must have put in a lot of practice", from "I could never do that" to "I can get good at it if I were to put in a good amount of the right kind of practice". It's liberating in a way to think that it would just need a lot of smart kind of hard work.

Of course, the hard part is still there. And the work...
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November 14, 2017 – Shelved
November 14, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 21, 2018 – Started Reading
June 17, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Bishnu Bhatta Buttowski Nice review!


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