A Brief, practical summary of Peak by Anders Ericsson.

The Big Idea

Innate talent has surprisingly little to do with achieving mastery in any skill or endeavor; instead, it’s the ability and willingness to engage in Deliberate Practice, often from a young age.

The Tiny Summary

Peak is a comprehensive overview of expertise researcher Anders Ericsson’s decades-long research program on what it takes to achieve mastery and excellence in any domain. The answer is Deliberate Practice, a highly specific and rigorous approach to training that involves constant pushing of one’s abilities, full attention and focus, and critical and immediate feedback from an expert coach or instructor. The book covers what Deliberate Practice is, why it is essential for the achievement of high-level performance, and how it can be applied by anyone toward the development of nearly any skill they desire.

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