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Bounce

The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

By Matthew Syed
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Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed

In Bounce (2011), Matthew Syed explores the origins of outstanding achievements in fields like sports, mathematics and music. He argues that it is intensive training, not natural ability that determines our success, and people who attribute great performances to natural gifts will probably miss their own chance to succeed due to lack of practice.

  • Anyone who has big plans but is not sure that they have what it takes to succeed
  • Anyone who’s interested in the secret of brilliant performances
  • Anyone who wants to raise children who achieve their goals
  • Anyone who wants to understand the underlying mechanisms of “choking” under pressure 

Matthew Syed is an award-winning sports journalist who writes columns for The Times and also works as a commentator for BBC Sports. As a table tennis player, Syed was the English number one for almost ten years and played in two Olympic Games.

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