Geoff Colvin quotes

“Ambitious parents who are currently playing the “Baby Mozart” video for their toddlers may be disappointed to learn that Mozart became Mozart by working furiously hard.”

Geoff Colvin

“In a wide range of fields, including business, the connection between general intelligence and specific abilities is weak and in some cases apparently nonexistent.”

Geoff Colvin

“IQ is a decent predictor of performance on an unfamiliar task, but once a person has been at a job for a few years, IQ predicts little or nothing about performance.”

Geoff Colvin

“It’s nice to believe that if you find the field where you’re naturally gifted, you’ll be great from day one, but it doesn’t happen. There’s no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice.”

Geoff Colvin

“The differences between expert performers and normal adults reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain.”

Geoff Colvin

“The reality that deliberate practice is hard can even be seen as good news. It means that most people won’t do it. So your willingness to do it will distinguish you all the more.”

Geoff Colvin

“We can never make progress in the comfort zone because those are the activities we can already do easily, while panic-zone activities are so hard that we don’t even know how to approach them. Identifying the learning zone, which is not simple, and then forcing oneself to stay continually in it as it changes, which is even harder – these are the first and most important characteristics of deliberate practice.”

Geoff Colvin