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Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

ratings:
4/5 (17 ratings)
Length:
352 pages
5 hours
Released:
Apr 29, 2010
ISBN:
9780007350537
Format:
Book

Description

From the author of You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

Essential reading for an astounding summer of sport; If you’ve ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer.

This edition does not include illustrations.

What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger Woods “choke”? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the rest of the country put together.

Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband – and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics.

Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert.

Released:
Apr 29, 2010
ISBN:
9780007350537
Format:
Book

About the author

Matthew Syed is an award-winning journalist on the times, writing for both the sports pages and the comment pages.He is a three-time Commonwealth table-tennis champion and competed in two Olympics.He studied PPE at Balliol College Oxford where he was awarded a prize-winning first class degree.


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  • (4/5)
    So it turns out there's no such thing as talent, there's only hard work. This concept is immediately counter-intuitive, but the further through Bounce you get, the more it makes sense. They've identified ten years as the magic time it takes to produce a world champion - and only if that ten years is filled with lots of purposeful practice. Even Mozart turns out to have put in the prerequisite ten years before he wrote his first true masterpiece. The overall message is profound. Where it really hit home for me, as a father, was reading about the studies in which two groups of children were told either "aren't you clever!" or "didn't you work hard!" and the dramatic effects of each statement. This is the first time I've stumbled upon these ideas. The ideas are not the author's own but he neatly summarises studies across multiple disciplines, adding his own interesting research, resulting in a very accessible introduction to the topic of excellence.
  • (4/5)
    Bounce made me rethink (still in progress) how I approach my day to day activities. Which ones I would like to get good at? And which ones I would just like to enjoy while passing time? Which ones I would continue to enjoy while improving my skills?

    The chapter about purposeful practice is very useful for anyone playing a musical instrument.

    The last chapter was a cherry on the cake: ethics of human augmentation.
  • (2/5)
    Book is an easy read and presents convincing arguments in favour of rigourous, motivated, driven, focussed and purposeful practice to achieve success in ANY field by ANYONE. Later half of book meanders off from original thesis somewhat but connects in the end.
  • (4/5)
    Highly entertaining book with a good message--hard work and thoughtful practice is much more important than 'talent.' I had read two of the books that he draws examples from which made parts of the book rather derivative. However, the original parts, especially those dealing with his table tennis career, were delightful.
  • (3/5)
    interesting ideas (not terribly novel) but would have been a good magazine article - dragging things out and repeating them just pads it into a book-length work
  • (4/5)
    An interesting book about how people like Mozart and Federer really got good (hint: it's not because they were naturally good or had innate talent).
  • (4/5)
    Good literary non-fiction work, which draws together findings of several scient;ts (Ericsson, tc.) to support the idea that 10 years practice is what leads to expertise and that that genetics do not play a strong role in predicting sports success.
  • (4/5)
    Most of this book I found interesting. The premise that you need 10,000 hours of focussed, interested practice that extends you, rather than repeating the first hour 10,000 times was probably what I got most from this book. I found the sections on African runners a little bit off topic and the section on East German athletes strangely voyeuristic and sensationalistic.His observations from his own perspective as a top level athlete were mostly good, though there were times when it didn't flow as evenly as it could have.I had the impression that it was a series of essays rather than a cohesive book.
  • (4/5)
    About: Syed covers why successful people become so excellent at their craft.Pros: Very interesting, shows the importance of practice, well written with good examples.Cons: First section is pretty much a rehash of Gladwell's Outliers.Grade: B+
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely great book. Very interesting and motivating. It's definitely true.