Mr. Colvin does a superb job of synthesizing for the reader all of the components of “getting it right” and “spot on” performances. He tells us stuff we already know, true, but he delivers us to this self-knowledge in a way that clarifies, emboldens and invigorates.
It is all about the power of deliberate practice. He shows us how any individual who is willing to focus intensely on his/her weak areas – whether trying to write a book, run a 6 minute mile, or achieve mastery on a musical instrument – has the power to be truly outstanding.
My strongest take-away from this book was this:
Don’t keep practicing that which you can already do well. Lean into your weakest area of performance. With knuckles-down minute by minute practice in this space, every day, you can become the best.
My favorite quotes:
“The scarce resource is no longer money. It’s human ability”.
“In our own lives, we will try something new and, finding that it isn’t easy for us, we conclude we don’t have a talent for it.”
“The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.”
I hope this book reminds you, as it did me, that resilience, hard work, and taking the long view, will win the day. And, don’t be afraid to work and practice more on weak areas.