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K. Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool – Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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K. Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool – Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

From the world’s reigning expert on expertise comes a powerful new approach to mastering almost any skill.
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 findings have been lauded and debated, but never properly explained. So the idea of expertise still intimidates us—we believe we need innate talent to excel, or think excelling seems prohibitively difficult. Peak belies both of these notions, proving that virtually all of us have the seeds of excellence within us—it’s just a question of nurturing them properly. Peak offers invaluable, often counterintuitive advice on setting goals, getting feedback, identifying patterns, and motivating yourself. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve almost any skill that matters to you.

Peak offers more than just practical guidance, though. It demystifies the feats of many outstanding performers, from musical virtuosos to science prodigies to brain surgeons to entrepreneurs to professional athletes. It also offers compelling evidence that our schools are taking the wrong approach to education. And it shows us a convincing new view of the enormous potential we all possess.


“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

“Most “important” books aren’t much fun to read. Most fun books aren’t very important. But with Peak, Anders Ericsson (with great work from Robert Pool) has hit the daily double. After all, who among us doesn’t want to learn how to get better at life? A remarkable distillation of a remarkable lifetime of work.”  
–Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of FREAKONOMICS and SUPERFREAKONOMICS

“Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. He has found that what separates the best of us from the rest is not innate talent but simply the right kind of training and practice. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.”

“Conventional wisdom conveys we have to make do with what we’re born with, but, as Ericsson and Pool prove here, we all have the potential to be truly extraordinary if we apply the principles of deliberate practice. Learn how in this amazing guide!”
–Marshall Goldsmith, author of TRIGGERS

Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544456238
ISBN-13: 978-0544456235


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