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Peak

By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
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Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. 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 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

Anders Ericsson's research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule', but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question of how to make them grow.

With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it.

©2016 Anders Ericsson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Title should be Deliberate Practice

I really enjoyed the narrator, he made me feel like I was in The Galaxy's Guide to the Universe. I put him on 1.25x though.

first few chapters were explaining things, chapter 7 onwards is where the application stuff is at. I love learning about studies and concepts so I like this book a lot. However it is genuinely an entire book on deliberate practice.
this is a book I'll need to listen to twice to be able to fulling conceptualise the content.
over all, I really enjoyed it.

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Awesome, liberating, inspiring

This book put to the sword many of the myths that have held me back and allowed me not to try. It enabled me to start challenging myself to at 53 to start learning mandarin and write a book. Let's see what it helps u do. Listen to what Anders says and U too will believe in ur ability too revolutionize yourself and the world of those who surround you. Listen enjoy, practice and just watch what happens! 😳😊

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thoroughly engaging

tremendously interesting. rich with insight and inspiration. im now searching for more on deliberate practice.

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Loved it.

This is my second reading of Peak and it was just as inspiring. The final paragraphs excited me about humanity’s potential using the principles of deliberate practice combined with good old hard work. Also loved the clarity and style of the reader. Thank you. I’m sure I’m about to read it a third time in order to study it more closely.

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Great ideas, a must for anyone in Education.

I've loved Ericsson's work for years. It's lovely to read a popularly accessible version of his research but authored by the actual researcher.

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Excellent advice and ideas

First few chapters weren't interesting for me but the rest of it was really fantastic.

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a must read for educators

Read it twice already! now to implement what I've learned! awesome and empowering. The new frontier of learning.

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EXCELLENT book

Powerful, must read for anyone aspiring to learn ANYTHING and parents and people struggling with hopelessness

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Stick with it

The listener will need to break through the early thresholds of the annoying over-articulated narration and the repetition of the content for the first 4 chapters. But stick with it and this book pays huge dividends.

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Excellent Approach to Development

I felt engaged throughout this whole book. Each section brings new insights on practice and the value of practicing in the right way. Highlights practice is much more than just the 10000 hours concept.

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