Geoffrey Colvin

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Geoffrey Colvin
Born Vermillion, South Dakota, U.S.
Occupation Journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University[1]
New York University (M.B.A.)
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Economics, finance, business
Children 1
Relatives Shawn Colvin (sister)

Geoffrey Colvin is the author of Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else (ISBN 9781591842248), co-author of Angel Customers and Demon Customers (ISBN 9781591840077), and a Senior Editor at Large for Fortune Magazine.


Colvin obtained a degree in economics from Harvard, and received his MBA from NYU.[2]

Talent is Overrated[edit]

The thesis of Talent is Overrated is that the greatest achievers succeed through endless "deliberate practice." Colvin characterizes it as "Hitting an eight-iron 300 times with a goal of leaving the ball within 20 feet of the pin 80 percent of the time, continually observing results and making appropriate adjustments, and doing that for hours every day - that's deliberate practice.".[3]

With Karen Gibbs, Colvin was co-anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS for three years, successor of Louis Rukeyser. He has a daily report "On Business" heard on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made more than 8,000 broadcasts.[4]

Colvin is the brother of singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin.[5]


  1. ^ "Allan Sloan and Geoff Colvin". Q & A. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Geoff Colvin". Phi Theta Kappa. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Colvin, Geoffrey, Fortune Magazine (19 October 2006). "What it takes to be great". CNN. 
  4. ^ Fortune Magazine Fortune Magazine. "Editorial Bios : Geoff Colvin". 
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