Summary of Bounce

Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

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Bounce book summary
Why lots and lots of correct practice really does make perfect, and why talent may not matter at all


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A United Kingdom table tennis champion, Matthew Syed recognizes that he succeeded not because of innate talent, but rather due to the special circumstances of his youth. He was able to learn from expert, dedicated teachers and to practice all the time. Syed knows he was fortunate and, to his credit, he worked hard to become as good as he could be. He discusses the science that demonstrates the validity of the adage, “Practice makes perfect.” He explodes the “talent myth” by presenting scientific evidence that people who practice with enough diligence, patience and focused intensity can become great, regardless of the presence or absence of supposedly inborn ability. Syed covers numerous other fascinating topics, including racial stereotypes, the “placebo effect” and baseball players’ “good luck” rituals. getAbstract warmly recommends Syed’s well-researched, enlightening book – a hymn to the power and efficacy of practice, dedication, determination and hard work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why innate talent is not the primary engine of success,
  • Why world-class expertise depends on many years of “purposeful practice” and
  • What constitutes such practice.


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About the Author

Matthew Syed, a BBC commentator and The Times columnist, has won numerous British journalism awards. In table tennis, he is a two-time Olympian and a three-time Commonwealth champion.

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