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take your natural abilities to the next level.
For anyone who aspires to excellence...
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It is something achieved through hard work and diligent practice.
Greatness is not a natural gift...
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Skill — of every sort — is an integral part of who we are and how we navigate the world. It feeds our success and fuels our failures (which is a good thing). However, too few of us embrace the notion that acquiring skill is a skill in itself.

How we develop skill; the effort we put in; our attitudes even, as we work to improve, requires specific attributes of its own. In his book, SKILL, Christopher Ahmad, MD, provides 40 clear and compelling tips on how to achieve mastery — regardless of your pursuits.

Dr. Ahmad is the Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.


Steve Donohue, Chase Headley

New York Yankees head trainer Steve Donohue, right, and others examine New York Yankees designated hitter Chase Headley (12) after Headley was hit in the head by a ninth-inning pitch thrown by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jake McGee in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


“Our team physician Chris Ahmad has hit a home run with his book SKILL. It is full of tips to improve the readers’ performance in any occupation or hobby.”
—Joe Girardi,
Manager, New York Yankees

“This short book will make you more thoughtful and more skilled—whether your goal is surgical excellence, athletics or simply self understanding.”
Michael Vitale MD MPH,
Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Columbia University Medical Center