Month: May 2011

A Gauge for Measuring Effective Practice

If you distilled all the new science about talent development into two words of advice, they would be “practice better.”
That’s it. Practice. Better.
Forget everything else about your genes, your potential — it’s all just noise. The most basic truth is that if you practice better, you’ll develop your talent — and you won’t develop …

Why Being Stupid is Close to Being Smart

Okay, so I did a pretty stupid thing the other day.  Let me set the scene:
INTERIOR: HOTEL BALLROOM — AN ATTENTIVE CROWD OF SEVERAL HUNDRED EDUCATORS AND SCIENTISTS. I AM ONSTAGE, HAVING JUST FINISHED A SPEECH ABOUT TALENT, NEURAL CIRCUITS, AND PRACTICE. A YOUNG MAN IN FRONT ROW RAISES HAND.
“Okay, this theory sounds great,” he says. “But …

The Angry Birds Theory of Success

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Of all the profound mysteries about talent development, here’s one that might be the most mysterious: Why do underdogs succeed so often?
Because they do. Look at the biggest success stories in business, academics, sports, music. An unusually high percentage started out as hopeless longshots — from Shakespeare to Apple computer to the 1969 Mets.
The point …