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Normally I use podcasts as sleeping aids. I just pop on a BBC World News or Stuff You Should Know and try as much as I’d like I am soon whisked off to slumber. While I could not resist the pull of the pillow, I was forced to wake up this morning and give this one a second listen.

The Freakonomics team are in the middle of their Self-Improvement Month series, and today’s topic was based on a book called Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.

I will be adding this book to the review list (as soon as I have a review list) but in the interim, I highly recommend you head over to the podcast and give it a listen, especially if you are a fan of development, practice or Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

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“The last fearful monkey shivered, all alone in the cold dark. A moment passed, and then another. After what felt like an age, he stood up. He had been cowering for so long his muscles ached as he stretched out his body. The shivering subsided and he realised that his body glistened under a thin film of perspiration, as if he had had a fever for all these years.

The last fearful monkey took a first doubtful step, stumbled slightly and righted himself against the wall of the cave. It seemed so much smaller than before, its walls so much harder and unwelcoming. He took a second step, and then a third, and so the last fearful monkey stepped from the darkness to the light never to be seen again.”

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