Peak: How to Master Almost Anything

Category: Book
By (author): Ericsson, K. Anders
Subject:  PSYCHOLOGY / Education & Training
  SELF-HELP / General
  SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General
  SPORTS & RECREATION / Sports Psychology
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: April 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in

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From The Publisher*

For the first time in decades of groundbreaking research, the inventor of the 10,000-hour rule explains his techniques for developing mastery of any skill

We live in a world full of people with extraordinary abilities. Consider what Roger Federer can do with a tennis ball, or Connor McDavid with a puck. There are chess grandmasters who can play several dozen different games simultaneously--while blindfolded--and a seemingly unending supply of young musical prodigies who would have astonished aficionados a century ago. We are dramatically better at just about everything than we were just a generation ago.
     We assume, though, that these peak performers are the lucky ones, the ones with a gift. That's only partly true. The fact is we are all lucky. We all have that gift. As Ericsson's whole career has shown, with the proper practice, we are all capable of extraordinary feats.
     On the surface, the techniques that chess players use to develop their skills seem quite different from the methods soccer players use to perfect their games, which in turn seem quite different from how pianists improve their playing. But at a deeper level, they are all variations on a single fundamental approach to learning, what Ericsson, a world-renowned researcher, has named "deliberate practice": a simple, yet powerful system for enhancing learning.
     This approach to expertise has the potential to revolutionize how we think about every sort of education and training. We are not limited by an endowment of natural talent. We create our own limits.
     Whether you want to step up your game at work or on the weekend, or help your kid achieve athletic or academic goals, Ericsson's revolutionary methods will show you how to master almost anything.

Biographical NoteK. ANDERS ERICSSON is the Conradi Eminent Scholar of Psychology at Florida State University and has been the driving force behind the development of the field of expert performance. He is recognized as the world's foremost authority on deliberate practice and is an expert in the field of professional development. He has been interviewed for dozens of print articles about his research, has spoken on air with a number of radio interviewers, and has made several television appearances, including on NBC's Dateline and on The Golf Channel.

ROBERT POOL writes about science and technology for a general audience. He has contributed to many of the world's leading science publications, including Science, Nature, Discover, New Scientist, and Technology Review, and over the past decade he has worked extensively with the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. He is the author of several books, including Eve's Rib: Searching for the Biological Roots of Sex Differences and Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology, which has been in print for nearly fifteen years.