PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (by Anders Ericsson)

PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise


ISBN: 9780544456235Number of Pages: 336
Publisher: Mariner BooksBook Title: PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Publication Year: 2016Target Audience: Trade
Author: Robert Pool, Anders EricssonReading Age: 18+


The famous psychologist Ericsson has devoted himself to the field of “professional expertise and science” for decades and studied a series of expert level figures in industries or fields: chess masters, top violinists, sports stars, memory experts, spelling champions, outstanding doctors, etc.

He found that no matter what industry or field, the most effective methods to improve skills and abilities all follow a series of general principles. He named this general method “deliberate practice”.

For everyone who wants to improve in any industry or field, deliberate practice is the gold standard and the most powerful learning method found so far.

PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise uses a lot of examples to support the author’s ideas. These examples can help us understand the author’s ideas.

This book also makes us understand the “10000 hour rule” and “natural talent”. We should not be obsessed with 10000 hours. We should pay more attention to the training methods.

With the right training methods, the training time will be greatly shortened in some aspects, so that we can achieve my goals.

The view of natural talent should be changed at the right time. Maybe the talent we see is a hundred times more than the self. If we want to be as outstanding as the genius, we should continue to practice. It is the only way to reduce this difference.

In this era, we should not limit ourselves to our strengths or weaknesses, do what we want to do, and make our path more colorful.

PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise is one of the best books on self discipline, Best Discipline Books In 2022

About the Author

Dr. Anders Ericsson is the author of PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, professor of psychology at Florida State University, and outstanding scholar of Conrady.

He focuses on studying how outstanding figures in different fields such as sports, music, chess, medicine and military can achieve outstanding performance, and the role of “deliberate practice” in it. He is one of the world’s top researchers in this field.

Dr. Ericsson has published several academic monographs on this topic: From Ordinary to Excellence: Prospects and Limitations, The Road to Excellence, Cambridge Professional Speciality and Outstanding Performance Guide, etc.

PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise is his best seller published in 2016. It is the first time to popularize the principle of “deliberate practice” to the public.

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Table of Contents

Recommended Preface
Author’s statement
Introduction Does genius exist
Our brains have the same adaptability as “genius” like Mozart, and “genius” just makes more use of this adaptability.
Mozart’s perfect pitch
“Genius” is the product of training
What this book will tell us

Chapter 1 Aimed Practice

  • Once a person’s performance reaches an “acceptable” level and can be automated, no more years of “practice” will make any progress, and it will slowly deteriorate. Purposeful practice is more effective.
  • Steve’s Super Memory
  • Outstanding people in all fields rely on a lot of practice
  • Start with purposeful practice
  • Four characteristics of purposeful practice
  • What to do when encountering bottleneck
  • Purposeful practice is not enough/

Chapter 2 Brain Adaptability

  • The greater the challenge a person encounters, the greater the changes in his brain and the more efficient he is in learning
  • London Taxi Driver’s Brain
  • The brain has unlimited adaptability
  • The importance of walking out of the comfort zone
  • Practice changing brain structure
  • Potential can be built

Chapter 3 Psychological Representation

  • In any industry or field, the relationship between skills and psychological representation is a virtuous circle
  • Accidental Blind Chess Master
  • Where are masters better than novices
  • What is psychological representation
  • Psychological representation helps to find rules
  • Psychological representation helps explain information
  • Psychological representation helps organize information
  • Psychological representations help make plans
  • Psychological representation contributes to efficient learning

Chapter 4 Gold Standard

  • The difference between deliberate practice and general practice is crucial
  • Start from the field of music
  • The most outstanding person, with the longest practice time
  • What is deliberate practice
  • How to apply the deliberate practice principle
  • Error and Right of 10000 Hour Rule//141

Chapter 5 Use the Principle of Deliberate Practice in Work

  • Cultivate the practice oriented mentality
  • Ace Training Program
  • Make the exercise part of daily work
  • Train doctors with trump card training methods
  • Traditional methods dedicated to knowledge transfer
  • New ways to improve skills

Chapter 6 Use the Principle of Deliberate Practice in Life

  • Deliberate training is aimed at everyone who has dreams.
  • First, find a good mentor
  • Focus and commitment are critical
  • What to do without a tutor
  • Crossing Stagnation
  • Retainer

Chapter 7 Road Map to Excellence

  • Outstanding people have the same growth path
  • Three female chess masters
  • The first stage: generate interest
  • Phase II: Become serious
  • Phase III: Full investment
  • Phase IV: Innovation

Chapter 8 How to Explain Natural Talent

  • Autistic wizards are not born with some magical talent. On the contrary, they, like everyone else, practice their skills.
  • Cracking the “Paganini miracle”
  • Cracking the “Legend of Mozart”
  • Cracking the “Miracles of Genius High Jumpers”
  • Breaking the “Autism Wizards”
  • People “lacking” natural talent
  • Training VS “Genius”
  • Look at genetic differences from another perspective
  • Believe in the danger of natural talent

Chapter 9 Create a New World with Deliberate Practice

  • The most important gift we can leave for our children is to help them develop abilities that they thought they could not have, so as to find that they can control their own potential, and know what methods and efforts are needed to make their dreams come true.
  • Teaching Physics with Deliberate Practice Principles
  • Foreground of deliberate practice
  • Create a new world

References and Notes

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