Bounce Summary - Deepstash
Managing Time Like a Pro

Learn more about personaldevelopment with this collection

How to set achievable goals

How to manage time for personal and professional life

How to avoid distractions

Managing Time Like a Pro

Discover 88 similar ideas in

It takes just

11 mins to read

Book Summary

Bounce shows you that training trumps talent every time, by explaining the science of deliberate practice, the mindset of high performers and how you can use those tools to become a master of whichever skill you choose.


392 reads

Author Quote

Author Quote

"Winners aren't born. They are made."

-Matthew Syed


345 reads

Book Overview

I remember Tai Lopez kept raving about this book back in 2014 . Matthew Syed is a former table tennis professional, who was the number one English player for several years and went to the Olympics twice. Since 1999, he writes for The Times. Bounce was his first book about how high performers like himself achieve their success.


275 reads

Top 3 Takeaways From Book

  1. With intense practice, 2 changes will occur in your brain to make it more effective.
  2. Even minor details can inspire you to work hard for your success.
  3. You can avoid choking under pressure by telling yourself that it’s not a big deal.


303 reads

Lesson 1: When you practice a lot, 2 changes will make your brain more effective.

Table tennis players often seem to have lightning fast reaction times, right?

But when scientists ran a bunch of tests on the English national team’s players, they found the best player, Desmond Douglas , to have the slowest reaction times.

How does this go together?

Douglas’s brain has been trained to quickly assess situations in a table tennis match , through years of practice, but only when he’s playing.


256 reads

Because he’s seen so many balls fly towards him in so many different ways, his brain can easily estimate even the most complex trajectories and give him more time to react than other players with less practice.

However, that doesn’t make him a better driver. In an everyday car crash, he wouldn’t hit the brakes any faster than you or me.


227 reads

The second thing that happens is that his brain uses other areas to perform than the brain of a beginner . Since a lot of his actions happen on autopilot, the subconscious parts of his brain are really in charge here.

Instead of wasting the resources of his prefrontal cortex on trying to get the ball spin right, he can use his brain to think about tactics, because the movements of his hand are taken care of.


201 reads

Lesson 2: You can be inspired to work hard by the most trivial details.

Do you know the story of the 4 minute mile?

Basically, for thousands of years humans believed it was not possible to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.

It seemed like the human body just wasn’t capable of doing it.

The record stalled in the 1940’s, for 9 years no one could get past 4:01.


204 reads

Within a month, another guy did it . Over the next 4 years, 20 more people broke the barrier, bringing the record all the way down to 3:56.

When the hell did it become so easy for so many people?

The moment someone did it, that had even the slightest relation to them.

11 of those 20 people come from UK-related countries (Ireland, NZ, AUS). Roger Bannister was British.


183 reads

Syed calls this motivation by association. He says if we find even the slightest similarity between someone successful and ourselves, it can motivate us to multiply our work efforts.


176 reads

Lesson 3: You can tell yourself an event is not a big deal to avoid choking under pressure.

What happened to Eminem when he finally got his shot to show everyone how good he was at rapping live on stage? He choked .

Looking into hundreds of faces, knowing they were all expecting him to fail, the pressure to perform became so enormous, that all his hardly trained rhyming skills seemed to vanish.

What can happen to all performers in such a high pressure situation, is that their conscious brain takes over, because it usually allows them to take extra caution and be very alert of every movement, so they don’t make a mistake.


170 reads

However, when it’s all on the line, that’s not exactly what you want. It’s right in those moments that you want your subconscious to be in charge, so you can actually reap the benefits of all your hard training.

You can combat this performance anxiety by telling yourself that it’s really not such a big deal and that the event doesn’t matter to you.


158 reads

Compare it to your health, your family, your spouse or your best friends – does it really matter whether you win or lose the Super Bowl?

This will allow you to stress less and unleash your hard earned skills.

And sure enough, once he stopped giving a damn about the whole event or what everyone thinks of him, Eminem went back and crushed it .


159 reads

Bounce - Book Review

I’m big on deliberate practice  and so is Bounce . Naturally, we got along quite well. Syed also touches on related topics, such as having a fixed mindset  and building confidence. Combine this with the reminder that you need incredible focus on one area from Zero To One yesterday, and you have a great recipe for success.

I like the many examples this summary used and am sure there are many more in the book plus links to some of the studies Syed quotes, which are hard to find otherwise. Look at whether the summary on Blinkist strikes you and if it does, grab a copy of Bounce !


126 reads

Who would I recommend the Bounce to?

The 13 year old who is about to give up playing the piano, the 22 year old who loves his college football team, but is not quite sure he can make it into the NFL, and anyone who ever choked at an important event.


155 reads



Introverted Extravert


Bounce - Book Summary

More like this

The Infinite Game Summary

16 ideas

The Infinite Game Summary

The Happiness Advantage Summary

15 ideas

Resilience Summary

14 ideas

Resilience Summary


Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas


Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.


2 Million Stashers


5,740 Reviews

App Store


72,690 Reviews

Google Play

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!


Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates