Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool – Peak (2016)

by vyh

Over the past few years a number of books have argued that people have been overestimating the value of innate talent and underestimating the value of such things as opportunity, motivation, and effort. I cannot disagree with this, and it is certainly important to let people know that they can improve—and improve a lot—with practice, or else they are unlikely to be motivated to even try. But sometimes these books leave the impression that heartfelt desire and hard work alone will lead to improved performance–”Just keep working at it, and you’ll get there”–and this is wrong. The right sort of practice carried out over a sufficient period of time leads to improvement. Nothing else.