‘Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read Peak. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.’ — Fortune
Do you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals?
Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you, and that you don't have to be a genius to achieve extraordinary things.
'Remarkable...who among us doesn't want to learn how to get better at life?' Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics
'This book...could truly change the world' Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein
Psychologist Ericsson (The Road to Excellence) and science writer Pool (Beyond Engineering) skillfully examine the eternal debate of nature vs. nurture with this thoughtful treatise supporting the latter. The authors posit that deliberate, focused practice is the key to learning and mastering any new skill, whether or not an underlying natural talent is present. "Generally the solution is not try harder,' but try differently,' " they explain. Using such diverse examples as the prodigal young Mozart and a neophyte golfer hoping to make the PGA Tour, the authors explain the importance of "purposeful practice," adaptability, and mental representations defined as structures that organize one's remembered information about an object or idea. For the truly motivated, a chapter entitled "The Road to Extraordinary" offers a step-by-step guide to acquiring new skills and "reach the frontier of human capabilities." Throughout, the authors encourage dreaming big, even when conventional wisdom might dictate otherwise. This is an empowering, encouraging work that will challenge readers to reach for excellence.