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I loved Matthew Syed's previous books, Bounce and Black Box Thinking. Two of my favourite all-time non-fiction books. I bought the paperback version without reading the back page blurb. I was disappointed to find it was simply a collection of articles (although very well written) he had previously published. My mistake. I was expecting to find another ground breaking work on how success works. I had read several of the articles before, so I felt somewhat disappointed. That said it is very well written and I did enjoy the read, but don't expect anything revolutionary.
Being a bid fan of Matthew I was looking forward to reading this book but it was a series of old articles - which are now quite dated. I struggled to read this as it was quite rambling. Will come back to it later!
Interesting book but I expected more. I thought there would a real life application of all the attributes presented as summary at the end of the book but to my disappointment there wasn't. I enjoyed the black box thinking more than the Greatest by the same author.
Matthew Syed reaches greater heights with his writing than he ever did as a sportsman. His ability to paint the pictures of genius, usually flawed, sets him apart as a sports writer. Flaws and triumphs are celebrated in equal measure. This book should be essential reading for all aspiring professional sportsmen and women.
Matthew Syed writes with clarity and impact. While this is a collection of his articles from the Times, I feel that they have been curated in a manner that helps the reader follow a cohesive narrative. As a coach in high performance sport, I found great practical insights through his accessible and relatable storylines.