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Talent is Overrated: How to Become a Real Expert
Source: Shirley's blog; Release time: 2014-01-06; Hits: 771

I just recently listened to the audio book “Talent is Overrate” three times back to back. There is actually a free pdf version online. From the Amazon reviews of the book, some reviewers say it is rehashing of Anders Ericsson’s HBR article. Having read the latter, I have to agree, but I still like the book version.

The basic idea is that deliberate practice over a long time with good coaching creates real experts. Even though many people choose not to pay the extremely high price for top-level achievement, the book concludes, “by understanding how a few become great, anyone can become better”.

Both the book and the article have many good examples and wise ideas, which make their point very cogently. E.g.Leopold Auer told his violin students, “If you practice with your fingers, no amount is enough. If you practice with your head, two hours is plenty.” This is so true for bioinformatics research. Just hard working in bioinformatics is not enough, you need to put your heart and mind to it.



The blog was wriiten by Shirley on Jan 25th, 2012. Cited  from longwoodgenomics.org.

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