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Secrets from the New Science of Expertise


Anders Ericsson


Robert Pool

Anders Ericsson is the world’s leading scientist studying expert performance—looking at how, precisely, the people who are the best in the world at what they do became the best. In this Note, we take a quick look at The Gift that we all have that’s the key to our potential greatness, HOW to go about tapping into the benefits of that gift via a certain type of practice (forget naive practice and go for purposeful + deliberate!), the fact that there is no such thing as a “10,000 Hour Rule,” and why we should be called Homo Exercens rather than Homo Sapiens. 🙂

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#1 NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Soul, and featured teacher in The Secret

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