This was a really interesting book. Chuck had read it and told me I should read it. I have always had fears about trying new things and thinking that I wasn't good at them. This book really emphasized that you can do anything…it just takes a long time and hard work to become excellent at it.
There were many studies done on various types of people and in different careers. It took a look at how many hours a master spent on their given trade and how that compared to that of the average person. It was astounding. Most of these “masters” (i.e. Tiger Woods, chess players, sports players) started at very young ages and spent many hours perfecting their trade. And it wasn't just the “easy” stuff they practiced. They focused the majority of their time on things they weren't exceptional at so they would get better at it.
It was just a fascinating book to read. If you've ever wondered about the nature vs. nurture debate, check out this book. Basically, it says you aren't born with something, but you may be born into a family that helps you excel at something. But there is also something possibly born in you that gives you the ability to work this hard on a given task.
I liked this book. It was a little text-book-y at times, but the overall idea kept me interested until the end.