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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born.…

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by Daniel Coyle

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Daniel Coyle is upbeat and excitable, like an evangelical determined to share his epiphany with you. But his discovery of the 'code' to human achievement seems rather mild. Those who excel aren't prodigies or random geniuses. They just practise hard, and deeply. They do the little things not so much well as often. And they stick at it. And that's it, enhanced here and there with neurological evidence of skill reinforcement, the gradual buildup of protection around neural pathways. Coyle visits hotbeds of tennis, violin, maths, and so on, running through it all in the usual breezy expenses-no-object New Yorker style. It's not very complex, but just pointing out how we can all learn and progress by simply putting the effort in is inspiring, a worthy call to action. ( )
  eglinton | Nov 30, 2015 |
It's very interesting although in some parts it feels to much journalistic and not so much scientific. Anyway, I recommend it. ( )
  nujateri | Aug 13, 2015 |
This book serves as an expansion on - and perhaps an improvement of - Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers." Two more dimensions of discussion are added via the neurological basis of the formation of talent (via myelin sheathing) and an explanation on how talent can be coached and fostered. Besides for being a sprightly, energetic read, it's also quite the motivator, and hence a highly recommended book for anyone interested in the topic.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
The path to greatness is constant improvement

All skills have to be acquired through practice, repetition and automatization, from the basics most of us take for granted from learning to walk and talk and type to more complex skill sets such as playing a sport or musical instrument and integrative thinking, with each higher order level of complexity building on top of all those that came before it. In this very readable book, Daniel Coyle takes us through a series of intriguing case studies to show us how this occurs, and how we can optimize the process.

In Part I, he examines the type of deep practice required for the sustained, long-term improvement that leads to mastery. In Part II, he focuses on the importance of igniting a deep passion for the process that provides the motivation needed to sustain the ongoing practice. And Part III discusses the role of mentors and modeling in accelerating the process. All three parts are intriguing and insightful, and add up to a comprehensive model of achieving greatness in any domain.

Some reviewers have complained that his treatment of the neuroscience is superficial or that he doesn't delve deeply enough into specific methods of deep practice. If that's what they want, by all means they should go read other more specialized books on those topics, but that's not the point of this book. The Talent Code is a major inductive integration identifying the principles (and basic underlying neural mechanisms) common to all skill acquisition. I would also recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg as a nice companion to this.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3VI5W3ZYKPDDP ( )
  AshRyan | Apr 14, 2015 |
A must read for everyone! Talent is developed. That's not to say that an aptitude doesn't help, but it's all about developing the skill requisite for success. ( )
  MathMaverick | Nov 1, 2014 |
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What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.

Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.

• Deep Practice--Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.

• Ignition--We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.

• Master Coaching--What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.

These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.

Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.

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This book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism. Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world's talent hotbeds, author Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.--From publisher description.… (more)

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