July 2012 Book Review
The road to finding great books can be strange sometimes. I honestly don’t remember how I came across this book. I’ve read a number of different books that studied the science behind talent and great performance, but I’m not sure why I had not come across this one earlier. As of July 2012, I’m going to say this is the guide book to understanding talent’s origins and how to evaluate and cultivate it. I can’t remember the last time I took so many notes in a single book. This book brings The Talent Code, Drive, Mindset, Flow, A Whole New Mind and even a little of Imagine into a format that’s simple and useful. Colvin outlines principles for defining, identifying and cultivating talent, not only within our personal lives but for our organizations. It’s crazy to see what we’ve been taught to believe about talent and its origins. Colvin debunks dozens of talent myths and outlines a thoroughly researched framework. He examines the myths of intelligence, memory and youth being tied to higher achievement and methodically defines “deliberate practice.” In the remaining portions of the book, he ties these principles to innovation and outlines the sources of the passion necessary to achieve such high performance. This is one of the best books I read in a while. As technology and neurology continue to advance, I expect we’ll continue to see other myths in success and performance crumble.