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A Peak At Success

Author Anders Ericsson [Twitter: @PeakTheBook] is all about researching why some people perform FAR better than others. His studies range from prolific musicians to extreme athletes and is cited in his popular book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. The common thread with these outliers is training. The kind of training, duration, competition, etc, is discussed by Ericsson with The Crew. Encouraging takeaway: You can train yourself to be exceedingly good at almost anything.

Here at Power Athlete we like to throw around the term peaking, namely when we’re describing Luke’s pinnacle of athletic performance in high school. But the fact of the matter is that we are all, in some capacity, striving towards success. This week Anders Ericsson, author the book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise explains how quickly we dismiss our own abilities in the absence of any real training. As he explains, experts, virtuosos, and the elite are not that different than you and I. They just put in the proper work and sought out the best available training.

Be forewarned, there are a few audio issues here and there from the long connection to Anders but I promise it will not detract from the conversation.


You can find Peak anywhere books are sold or follow Anders’ work on Twitter @peakthebook.
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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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