The Sports Gene

Talent, Practice and the Truth about Success

Author: David Epstein

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 022409162X

Category: Science

Page: 338

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In this ground-breaking and entertaining exploration of athletic success, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel. Along the way, Epstein exposes the flaws in the so-called 10,000-hour rule that states that rigorous practice from a young age is the only route to success. He shows why some skills that we imagine are innate are not - like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball player - and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like the motivation to practice, might in fact have important genetic components. Throughout, The Sports Gene forces us to rethink the very nature of success.
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The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

Author: David J. Epstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1591845114

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 338

View: 3352

A Sports Illustrated senior writer's controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success explores the roles of both biology and training, arguing that nature and training are equally necessary components of athletic achievement while considering such topics as race, gender and genetic testing.
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The Gold Mine Effect

Author: Rasmus Ankersen

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 1443420581

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 1184

Why are 137 of the world’s 500 best female golfers from South Korea? How did one athletic club in Jamaica produce most of the world’s best sprinters? What’s the reason that the world’s best marathon runners grew up in the same village in Ethiopia? What is the secret behind Brazil’s mass production of soccer superstars? How has one tennis club in Moscow managed to develop more top tennis players in 10 years than the whole of the United States? For six months, Rasmus Ankersen travelled around the world visiting these talent gold mines. He talked, trained and lived with the athletes in order to discover what, if anything, they have in common and to attempt to crack the code of developing world-class talent. The result is The Gold Mine Effect, a book that questions all the misconceptions, conventional wisdom and popular theories about talent, hard work, parenting and motivation and looks at how we can apply this knowledge to our own lives.
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Bounce

Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

Author: Matthew Syed

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780061723766

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under ten seconds been black? What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common? Why are baseball players so superstitious? We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field, in the office, or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature—why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life. Bounce reveals how competition—the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits—provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time. From biology and economics to psychology and culture, from genetics and race to sports and politics, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.
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The Little Book of Talent

52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

Author: Daniel Coyle

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 034553669X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

View: 8684

A manual for building a faster brain and a better you! The Little Book of Talent is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?” Praise for The Little Book of Talent “The Little Book of Talent should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook—beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science—for nurturing excellence.”—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit “It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour of reading it and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.”—Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence
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Talent is Overrated

What Really Separates World-class Performers from Everybody Else

Author: Geoff Colvin

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

ISBN: 9781857885194

Category: Creative ability

Page: 228

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What if everything you know about raw talent, hardwork and great performance is wrong?
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Faster, Higher, Stronger

How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Super-Athletes--And What We Can Learn from Them

Author: Mark McClusky

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0147516471

Category: Athletes

Page: 274

View: 8498

In Faster, Higher, Stronger, veteran journalist Mark McClusky brings readers behind the scenes with a new generation of athletes, coaches and scientists, whose accomplishments are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and completely redefining the limits of the human body . Brimming with cutting-edge science and gripping anecdotes it is a fascinating, exhilarating look at how far we can push the boundaries of our bodies and minds.
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Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat

The Science Behind Drugs in Sport

Author: Chris Cooper

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199678782

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 470

Explores substances, from the everyday to the exotic, that can affect human performance; discusses how they work, which are illegal, and how they can be detected; and examines the ethical issues associated.
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Sport on the Brain

How Neuroscience Is Revolutionising Sport

Author: Amit Katwala

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471155901

Category:

Page: 368

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Sport changes your brain. The minds of elite athletes can pull off feats of anticipation and co-ordination that amateurs would find impossible. The athletic brain has been trained through hours and hours of practice - years of sweat and toil. But what if there were a shortcut to training your brain? Cognitive training tools offer the tantalising possibility of breaking the '10,000-hour rule'. Top-level athletes and teams are increasingly tapping into new knowledge of the brain to develop tools and techniques that can offer a shortcut to sporting success, or push the boundaries of performance beyond its current limits. Increasingly, these tools are becoming available to the ordinary amateur, revolutionising the ways in which anyone can improve their skills. Based on interviews with top athletes and the scientists working at the cutting edge of our knowledge, Amit Katwala provides a fascinating insight into the possibilities that are becoming open to us all. He takes us to see how Borussia Dortmund's 'Footbonaut' and touchscreen-based games in the NFL have been achieving excellent results. As with bestsellers such as The Chimp Paradoxand Bounce, by the end of this book, readers will look at sporting performance in a new light, and be able to apply these insights to their own lives.
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Why We Do What We Do

Understanding Our Brain to Get the Best Out of Ourselves and Others

Author: Dr Helena Boschi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911195474

Category: Psychology

Page: 402

View: 1994

The brain is the basis of everything we do: how we behave, communicate, feel, remember, pay attention, create, influence and decide. Even though ongoing advances in neuroscience continue to expand our understanding of how our brain operates, it remains the most mysterious and complex organ in the human body. Why We Do What We Do offers valuable insights into how our brain works every day, at home and at work, and it offers practical tools and tips to help us lead a happy, healthy and productive life.
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The Truth About Managing People

Proven Insights to Get the Best from Your Team

Author: Stephen P. Robbins

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0134048474

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Discover today's quick, practical, proven guide to overcoming "killer" management problems and succeeding brilliantly as a leader! Unlike other management books, The Truth About Managing People, Fourth Edition is 100% practical and completely based on tested evidence, not mere anecdote or opinion. Top management author Stephen P. Robbins has distilled thousands of research studies, meta-analyses, and Big Data investigations into a set of 63 proven, tested solutions for today's make-or-break management challenges. Each solution is presented quickly and concisely, in just 2-3 pages, so you can absorb them fast, and use them immediately. Robbins' fully updated truths cover every key aspect of management, including hiring the right people and building winning teams; designing high-productivity jobs and rewarding the right behaviors; managing diversity, change, conflict, turnover, and staff cuts; overcoming self-serving bias, groupthink, and digital distractions, and much more. This edition adds nine all-new chapters, covering the crucial importance of people skills, building emotional intelligence, loyalty expectations, employee engagement and mentoring, managing face-to-face vs. virtual teams, overcoming the downsides of teams, handling unacceptable workplace behavior, promoting creativity and innovation, and more. Whatever your management role, Robbins has compiled indispensable practical truths you can and will apply, every single day.
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The Talent Code

Greatness isn't born. It's grown

Author: Daniel Coyle

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446409902

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow to demostrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.
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How to Support a Champion

The Art of Applying Science to the Elite Athlete

Author: Dr Steve Ingham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995464308

Category:

Page: 286

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If you are contemplating working with a champion, a potential champion, or anyone with untapped talent - be prepared, be very prepared. In 1998 Sir Steve Redgrave stared at Ingham and demanded to know, "Are you going to make me go faster?" Ingham had been trained and developed as a scientist, but in that single instance he questioned everything he thought he knew. Applied science in elite sport has boomed. Science has radically changed elite sport, but one thing remains as the guiding focus - the summit of performing to your best and winning. This applies to the athlete, the coaches and increasingly for the applied practitioner. In this book Ingham draws on the lessons learned from a career in the intense, unforgiving rollercoaster of elite sport; helping, supporting and developing some of the best athletes in the world, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Hayley Tullett, Kelly Sotherton, and Jessica Ennis-Hill as they pursue their goals. His journey shows that all the knowledge in the world will get you only so far, but it is with trust, team-work, critical thinking, adaptability, accountability and altruism that you can truly support a champion.
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The Triple Package

What Really Determines Success

Author: Jed Rubenfeld,Amy Chua

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408852225

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Why do Jews win so many Nobel Prizes and Pulitzer Prizes? Why are Mormons running the business and finance sectors? Why do the children of even impoverished and poorly educated Chinese immigrants excel so remarkably at school? It may be taboo to say it, but some cultural groups starkly outperform others. The bestselling husband and wife team Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and Jed Rubenfeld, author of The Interpretation of Murder, reveal the three essential components of success – its hidden spurs, inner dynamics and its potentially damaging costs – showing how, ultimately, when properly understood and harnessed, the Triple Package can put anyone on their chosen path to success.
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Luck

A Fresh Look at Fortune

Author: Ed Smith

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408830604

Category: Fortune

Page: 256

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For aspiring cricketer Ed Smith, luck was for other people. Ed believed that the successful cricketer made his own luck by an application of will power, elimination of error, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. But when a freak accident at the crease at Lords prematurely ended Ed Smith's international cricketing career, it changed everything - and prompted him to look anew at his own life through the prism of luck. Tracing the history of the concepts of luck and fortune, destiny and fate, from the ancient Greeks to the present day - in religion, in banking, in politics - Ed Smith argues that the question of luck versus skill is as pertinent today as it ever has been. He challenges us to think again about privilege and opportunity, to re-examine the question of innate ability and of gifts and talents accidentally conferred at birth. Weaving in his personal stories - notably the chance meeting of a beautiful stranger who would become his wife on a train he seemed fated to miss - he puts to us the idea that in life, luck cannot be underestimated: without any means of explaining our differing lots in life, the world without luck is one in which you deserve every ill that befalls you, where envy dominates and averageness is the stifling ideal. Embracing luck leads us to a fresh reappraisal of the nature of success, opportunity and fairness.
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Play On

How to Get Better With Age

Author: Jeff Bercovici

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241976294

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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How do the world's best athletes combat ageing, and what you can do to keep up? "Encouraging reading for jocks who are late to the game but committed to the win all the same." Kirkus Review "An energetic romp" that "smartly separates science from quackery." Publishers Weekly Sports are about challenging our physical limits. But the greatest limit of all remains undefeated: age. Not, though, for the likes of Roger Federer, Tom Brady and Jo Pavey. What are they doing that you can too? Play On teaches us that it's not aging that causes a decline in fitness; rather, a decline in fitness causes aging. Full of cutting-edge science, technology and practical tips, Play On empowers you to reverse the ageing process, and stay younger for longer.
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Personality and the Fate of Organizations

Author: Robert Hogan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1351554492

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

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Personality and performance are intricately linked, and personality has proven to have a direct influence on an individual's leadership ability and style, team performance, and overall organizational effectiveness. In Personality and the Fate of Organizations, author Robert Hogan offers a systematic account of the nature of personality, showing how to use personality to understand organizations and to understand, evaluate, select, deselect, and train people. This book brings insights from a leading industrial organizational psychologist who asserts that personality is real, and that it determines the careers of individuals and the fate of organizations. The author’s goal is to increase the reader’s ability to understand other people—how they are alike, how they are different, and why they do what they do. Armed with this understanding, readers will be able to pursue their personal, social, and organizational goals more efficiently. A practical reference, this text is extremely useful for MBA students and for all those studying organizational psychology and leadership.
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The Phoenix Project

A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Author: Gene Kim,Kevin Behr,Kim Spafford

Publisher: IT Revolution

ISBN: 0988262584

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 348

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Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO. The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow, streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited. In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again.
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Grit

Author: Angela Duckworth

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 144344233X

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

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In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people-both seasoned and new-that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit." Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory. Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers-from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that-not talent or luck-makes all the difference.
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The Genius in All of Us

New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ

Author: David Shenk

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385532652

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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Is true greatness obtainable from everyday means and everyday genes? Conventional wisdom says no, that a lucky few are simply born with certain gifts. The new science of human potential suggests otherwise. Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence, and take a look at the amazing new evidence. Here, interweaving cutting-edge research from numerous scientific fields, David Shenk offers a new view of human potential, giving readers more of a sense of ownership over their accomplishments, and freeing parents from the bonds of genetic determinism. As Shenk points out, our genes are not a “blueprint” that dictate individual destinies. Rather we are all the product of interplay between genes and outside stimuli—a dynamic that we can influence. It is a revolutionary and life-changing message.
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