Posts for the Outwork Book Club will be continuous; I will post updates as I work through each book. Eventually I will encourage readers to follow along with me and add any insight or pose questions about the central themes of the book. This is what we call this a living document; mostly because it doesn’t immediately die as soon as it becomes published like everything else. It is something that is continuously updated and changed overtime to reflect the newest information.
Many would say that great performers are gifted with “talent”- a form of innate skill possessed from childhood that enables these great performers to truly excel.
The talent myth is just that- a myth. Colvin’s work truly aims to dispel the lie about talent and instead charters a more realistic path to greatness- one that involves a concept called deliberate practice and a lot of time spent working on a skill.
August 15, 2017
Many would also say that sheer experience is the answer. That someone is talented because they have a lot exposure to a skill, job, or task. That is also not true. Don’t we all know people that are just mediocre at what they do despite years of being on the job. There is a certain drop off point where most careerist fail to get better. They just simply continue to do what is easy and comfortable, halting growth and progress altogether. This is a regular occurrence in all industries across the board and can even be seen in high level sports and business. Success, in a way, can also be a hindrance to the process of continued improvement.
If it’s not innate talent, granted to us by some divine blessing and if it’s not sheer experience, than what exactly produces great performers and high-level abilities that seem to be accessible only to the world-class?