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Why don’t people who work hard all their lives excel in their professions? Are there specific, secret techniques that world-class performers use to rise above the rest? People often assume that those who excel are simply naturally gifted, and thus do not bother making an effort to be the best. Yet perhaps it is not innate abilities, but rather a specific type of practice and focus, which separates world-class performers from the rest. And perhaps it is available to anyone with just a bit of hard work. In “Talent Is Overrated,” Colvin uses a variety of real-world examples to deconstruct our notion of “talent” and what truly underlies it. Readers will learn about the routines of the greatest athletes, and how they too can excel through a technique known as deliberate practice. Anyone can indeed achieve greatness… but most, won’t due to the intense commitment that it requires. Yet for those willing to commit, “Talent Is Overrated” can illuminate the path to excellence.
“Great performance is in our hands far more than most of us ever suspected.”
Is there a way to specifically train our brains to improve at any skill? As it turns out, skills are simply the result of myelin sheaths strengthening around specific neural circuity via consistent, deliberate practice, with regular feedback. This book gives concrete details of how master coaches and their pupils properly train the right neural circuits, leading to success in a variety of fields, from sports to business to flying. Going back and correcting seemingly minor mistakes is how to find the right neural circuitry. Then, repeating this act correctly over time, and then correcting further mistakes, builds myelin in all the right places. This book describes the theory and practice of this myelination technique.
“The more time and energy you put into the right kind of practice…the more skills you get, or, to put it a slightly different way, the more myelin you earn.”
Are there grounded, scientifically-backed methods and techniques to get better at the skill of detecting lies, manipulation, and deceit in others? With the millions of people in this world, there are bound to be a few with less than benevolent intentions. Everything from small “white lies” to large scale schemes are affecting us at any given time, with or without our knowledge. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a secret agent to monitor and question the words, actions, and expressions of those who may be trying to pull the wool over your eyes. You can consider eye shifting, hand placements, and facial expressions. Perhaps even a faltering, quavering voice. No two stories are alike, so each situation must be approached with caution, and only after establishing a baseline of their behavior.
“While a manipulator may be of any personality type and may be trying to get their way for any innumerable reasons, there are common traits of a manipulator that you can look out for.”
Are there techniques and tools to create and sustain a competitive advantage in business? Elevate describes how to create an iron-clad business model, how to analyze your market and your customers relative to your competition, and provides specific guidance whether you’re the market leader or a new challenger. It teaches you how to frame your strategic plan as a story so that your employees can better remember it, and describes how to think about allocating resources in a way that creates a sustainable advantage over time, no matter which industry your business competes in, and no matter its size, from startups to Fortune 100’s.
“Innovation is the continual hunt for new value; strategy is ensuring that we configure our resources in the best way possible to deliver that value.”
“Playing to Win” was written by a former CEO and business school dean named Lafley Martin to break down and redefine the essence of strategy as the modern business world knows it. With new small businesses opening every day due to the rapidly growing digital market, it is crucial for an entrepreneur to understand what strategy is and is not. Lafley Martin explains how the general perception of strategy has been reduced to having aspirations. Yet strategy is really the assessment and process behind making hard choices. These need to be considered in reference to clearly defining what “winning” would look like, having detailed answers to both where-to-play & how to-win, defining core competencies, and in creating a management system and ensures sustainability.
“Strategy is an integrated set of choices that uniquely positions the firm in its industry so as to create sustainable advantage and superior value relative to the competition.”