“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
“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
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. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.
“The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.”—Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code
“Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it 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.
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Ericsson and Pool have combined their talents to write an incredible book. The writing is crsip and lucid. They take what is lofty and make it very accessible. The science of expertise is a field of study that will advance the world in extraordinary ways.
Impossible is nothing
This book opens up the world of possibility like no other. When Walt Disney said doing the impossible is kind of fun I guess he meant through deliberate practice. If there was ever anything you wants to do or thought you couldn't do, stop and read this book. My life is about to change for the better both professionally and personally. The journey of the homo exercens is about to begin. Thank you both for the blueprint to infinite possibilities.