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Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice Kindle Edition
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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?
Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?
Why are baseball players so superstitious?
Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, 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 naturewhy we win, why we don't, and how wereally play the game of life. Bounce reveals how competitionthe most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuitsprovides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.
Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business,Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
‘A gripping examination of the hidden forces that come together in the making of a champion.' Michael Atherton, former England cricket captain
'A fascinating subject and Syed is a dazzling writer.' Owen Slot, The Times
'I love this book. A must-read if you have ever wondered what sets the super-achievers and the rest of us apart – in any field, not just in sport. I only wish I had read it when I was fifteen.' Gabby Logan, BBC presenter and former international gymnast
'Intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable at a stroke … challenged some of my most cherished beliefs about life and success.' Jonathan Edwards, triple jump world record holder--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003P2WJ18
- Publisher : Fourth Estate (29 April 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 639 KB
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- Print length : 410 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 185,382 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It gets a little off subject toward the end and I think a little hobby horse was rolled out, but I forgive the author for this in light of the balance of content.
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On the whole, I felt it to be an easy read and laid out in a logical manner; my only quibble in this sense arrived at towards the end of the book, with its discussion of race as a factor in success - or failure. I think that this is an important discussion, but I am doubtful of its positioning in the book - it feels like an addendum or an afterthought, not quite integrated into the general flow of the arguments.
Why four stars, not five? I am fairly strongly of the view that 'nurture' is the deciding factor in development in most things, but I'm not willing to dismiss 'nature' out of hand - I think it is probably illogical to deny that physiology might play a role in certain arenas, and so on, and likewise to deny that some physiological features might be 'natural'. As such, I find the author's complete dismissal of these factors to be a little problematic; to my mind, it would be a more interesting read if this were more comprehensively addressed.
Syed is clearly a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and references Gladwell’s book Outliers several times. Having read Gladwell’s David and Goliath, but not Outliers, I’m tempted to assume that most of Gladwell’s books are pretty same-y. There’s definitely a certain amount of overlap between Bounce and David and Goliath.
Not necessarily a bad thing. Syed is trying to make a point that many others have made in the past. In spite of being backed by strong evidence it’s a point that continues to be ignored. The point is that talent is a bit of a myth, that experts are good at what they do because they’ve worked hard at it.
It makes sense. There’s no evidence for a gene that encodes for being good at running, or good at playing piano, or good at acting, or anything. Whereas there are countless examples of people being surprisingly good at something, only for it to turn out not to be so surprising after all, when you discover that they’ve been working at it for years.
Having come across this before I didn’t find the book to be revelatory. However, it is one I strongly recommend, whether to people who have already accepted this idea, or to people who have never heard it before. I recommend it because the idea that practise is the only way to guarantee excellence is as important as it is motivating. Syed manages to make it uplifting as well.
It’s uplifting because if you’re good at something it’s because you earned it. If you’re not good at something yet it’s because you haven’t yet practised enough but you know that you can be one day if you keep trying. That’s great for motivation. It’s great for reminding you that you might not be perfect, but you’re better than you were six months ago. It stops you from wanting to give up when things get tough.
So yeah, read it. It’s very readable non-fiction that made me want to go out and get good at things.
Bounce is the first of a couple of books Syed has written and I must say he doesn't disappoint in either. Both Bounce and Black Box Thinking are essential reading if you are keen to delve into psychology and especially sports psychology.
Bounce touches upon many myths that souround talent and the notion of natural born talent. I was hugely impressed with the 10,000 hour theory of purposeful practice and how it's been put to the test.
In all an absolutely fascinating book that I simple couldn't put down!
I do disagree with the stance of finding a compromise with drug cheats/dopers. Maybe the was to get them out of the sport is a long struggle, but I belive by making an example of as many as possible might get a message across.
A good all round book. Well researched and well written. I think the fact that Matthew has a background in journalism the research and references are on point. The most important point for me is if you work hard enough you can achieve what you set your mind to.