Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born
with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were
sisters, whose success was planned by their parents before they
were even born. Anders Ericsson has spent thirty years studying The
Special Ones, the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And
his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special
abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of
talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one
unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our
brains and bodies through our own efforts. Anders Ericsson's
research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule'
but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story.
It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We
all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question
of how to make them grow. With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed