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Author: David J Epstein
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world's top
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Epstein, David J., 1983- author.
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New York : Riverhead Books, [2019]
(DLC) 2018053769
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Epstein
ISBN: 9780735214484 0735214484 9780593084496 0593084497
OCLC Number: 1050962413
Description: 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Roger vs. Tiger --
The cult of the head start --
How the wicked world was made --
When less of the same is more --
Learning, fast and slow --
Thinking outside experience --
The trouble with too much grit --
Flirting with your possible selves --
The outsider advantage --
Lateral thinking with withered technology --
Fooled by expertise --
Learning to drop your familiar tools --
Deliberate amateurs --
Conclusion: Expanding your range.
Responsibility: David Epstein.

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"What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. David Epstein examined the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields--especially those that are complex and unpredictable--generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, [this book] makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive."--Dust jacket.

Many experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. Epstein examined the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists, and discovered that in most fields-- especially those that are complex and unpredictable-- generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists juggle many interests rather than focusing on one-- but they're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see. -- adapted from jacket

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