Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.- It is generally believed that people’s natural talents are what turn them into world-class performers. But, in fact, as this book shows, talent has virtually nothing to do with performance. True world-class performance is built over a long period of time using deliberate practice – i.e., zeroing in on the critical aspects of a skill with laser-sharp focus, practicing them repeatedly, and getting quality feedback. Colvin argues that, with the proper motivation, you, too, can use deliberate practice to improve in any field.