In our recent Freakonomics Radio episode “How to be great at almost everything“We spoke with C. Anders Ericsson, a research psychologist who has spent over 30 years studying accomplished performers in many fields – music, sports, chess, surgery, teaching, writing and more. Ericsson’s latest book is called Peak: Secrets of the New Science of Expertise. It inspired us to try to run Freakonomics an additional podcast called (for now) Peak.
We recruit participants who want to get really good at something and are willing to do “conscious practice” as prescribed by Eriksson. We will help you find a trainer or teacher, and Ericsson will be our lead consultant. And then we’ll make some podcasts of your stories. It will be hard work, perhaps a little embarrassing at times. But wouldn’t it be great to learn how to sing well, do a handstand, or whatever your heart desires, and record the whole process for posterity?
If you are ready for it – really ready for it – and want to be considered our Peak project, write to us at email@example.com. Tell us a little about yourself, what you want to be good at and how far along you are in your progress.