Talent is Overrated

I just finished reading another great book. Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin is a must read for all coaches and parents. My good friend Jim Setters from the German National Hockey Federation convinced me to read it. I actually had the book but wasn’t interested. Thank god for Jim.

I don’t know if I have ever marked up a book like I marked up this one. I was highlighting and folding pages like a crazy man. The concept is similar to Outliers but where Outliers was a story, this a much “harder” look at facts. I could fill this post with quotes but, check out just these two:

“the chief comstraint is mental, regardless of the field- even in sports, where we might think the physical demands are the hardest”

” instead of compulsive practice producing high ability, high ability leads to compulsive practice”.

This book has gems on every page for coaches, managers and parents. Get it and start reading

6 Responses to “Talent is Overrated”

  1. I read Outliers and listened to the audiobooks for Talent is Overrated and the Talent Code, I enjoyed the Talent Code the best overall.

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    I’d love to see it. You can send it to mboyle1959@aol.com.


  3. Coach B,

    I almost bought this book but after reading a reader review at Amazon I decided to just read a Harvard Business Review article that this book was largely based on. It’s titled “Making of an Expert,” available in a 9-page PDF format that I downloaded through an academic journal database. I can e-mail it to you if you’d like.


  4. Mike,
    Actually read Talent is Overrated before I read Outliers. Both are very thought provoking. Nice piece in T nation as well.
    Bruce Kelly

  5. mboyle1959 Says:

    Strange. I just finished reading AAA2. I’m goint to run it this week if we can get the videos up that fast. Coincidence. I’m going to get the Talent Code audio. I couldn’t get into reading that one either so audio is worth a try.

  6. Coach Boyle,

    Without question that is an outstanding book. Another similar (in some principles and in its excellence) yet different book is Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code. The audiobook for the book runs only a few hours, so it could be a good commute book.

    Best regards,
    Carson Boddicker

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