- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (28 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007350544
- ISBN-13: 978-0007350544
- ASIN: 0007350546
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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‘A gripping examination of the hidden forces that come together in the making of a champion.' Michael Atherton, former England cricket captain
'A fascinating subject and Syed is a dazzling writer.' Owen Slot, The Times
'I love this book. A must-read if you have ever wondered what sets the super-achievers and the rest of us apart – in any field, not just in sport. I only wish I had read it when I was fifteen.' Gabby Logan, BBC presenter and former international gymnast
'Intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable at a stroke … challenged some of my most cherished beliefs about life and success.' Jonathan Edwards, triple jump world record holder
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JUST WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE TOP?
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What is the magic spark that sees David Beckham and Tiger Woods soar above all their competitors, and could the secret lie in the practice regime of Mozart? Matthew Syed's dazzling investigation of high achievement draws on the stories of sports stars and the most up-to-date science to uncover the surprising factors that lead to world beating success. Along the way he explains why the most successful figure skaters are those that have fallen over the most, how a Hungarian father turned his daughters into three of the best chess players the world has ever seen, and why one small street in Reading - Matthew's own - produced more top table tennis players than the rest of Britain put together. Bounce will revolutionise our ideas of what it takes to get to the top.
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The basic theme of the book is that you need 10,000 hrs of practice to excel in any sport and then you need 10,000 hrs of delibrate practice, which is basically aiming to achieve in each hr of practice, the things you think are beyond your range.
The author gives numerous examples of various sport personalities in 1990's and 2000's - Kasparov, nick bollettieri etc.. I can relate to them at my age, but it will be difficult for today's youngsters who might not have heard much about these iconic players and coaches of the past.
My only grouse is that the author barely dips into the surface of the neuroscience behind the champions and their practice/perfection - the book is more anecdotal - though it quotes some science studies in between - i would have preferred a deep dive into the neuroscience/ psychology behind motivation, endurance (in continuing to practice) and how to enhance the same.