LT 057 | Dr. Anders Ericsson & Dr. Robert Pool – Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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In episode 057 I sit down with authors Dr. Anders Ericsson and Dr. Robert Pool to discuss their book Peak. Let me tell you a little bit more about both of them.

Dr. Anders Ericsson is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who is internationally recognized as the world’s reigning expert of expertise. His research focus on the psychological nature of expertise and human performance.

Ericsson has studied expert performance in domains such as medicine, music, chess, and sports, focusing exclusively on extended deliberate practice (e.g., high concentration practice beyond one’s comfort zone) as a means of how expert performers acquire their superior performance.

Dr. Robert Pool combined his history, physics, and mathematics degrees with his love of writing to successfully transition from mathematics professor to renowned science, technology, and medical writer. He has taught science writing at Johns Hopkins University and has worked as a writer and editor at the world’s two most prestigious science publications — Science and Nature — and hundreds of his works have been published in the top publications in a variety of fields, publications that include Discover, New Scientist, Science, Nature, Technology Review, Forbes ASAP, Think Research, The Washington Post, FSU Research in Review, MIT Technology Review, and so on.

This interview is about much more than their book though! We go deep into skill acquisition and how we all have the ability progress through deliberate practice. Here’s what you will learn in this interview:

  • Introduction & Background of Dr. Ericsson and Dr. Pool
  • What is practice?
  • What are the 3 types of practice?
  • Why talent and natural ability are not the determining factor for high performance
  • How to achieve a high level of expertise by utilizing deliberate practice
  • Malcolm Gladwell and Outliers
  • Clearing up confusion about the “10,000 hour rule” and what does it really mean?
  • How a coach or layperson can break down a skill into actionable steps to improve their performance
  • Peak – The Book
  • and much more!

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