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The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything | [Daniel Coyle]

The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.
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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-selling author explores cutting-edge brain science to learn where talent comes from, how it grows, and how we can make ourselves smarter.

How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top 20 women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance? Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil?

Where does talent come from, and how does it grow?

New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition - in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math - that can be successfully applied through a person's entire lifespan.

©2009 Daniel Coyle; (P)2009 HighBridge Company

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"I only wish I'd never before used the words 'breakthrough' or 'breathtaking' or 'magisterial' or 'stunning achievement' or 'your world will never be the same after you read this book.' Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code." (Tom Peters)

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    DGE 2020 Austin, TX, USA 05-11-14
    DGE 2020 Austin, TX, USA 05-11-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Must Read for Talent Developers. You Can Skim It."

    If you are a parent, teacher, coach, manager or leader then I endorse this book wholeheartedly.

    The concepts taught in the book are practical and effective. I have already adopted them for my business, my kids little league teams and in my own personal development and found that they allow me to persist and lead others to greater levels of skill and achievement. It is a reliable framework for motivation, skill building and mastery. Using the skills in this book I have been able to make new college graduates adopt practical business and consulting skills that make them more billable for clients. I have enabled 1st and 2nd grade boys to play lacrosse effectively and with joy. Personally I adopted the skills to my own armature hobby - drawing - and seen a substantial improvement in my output.

    Chapter 1 lays out the entire framework. If you only listened to chapter 1 and then stopped you'd get 60% of the value of the book. That's not a knock - I appreciated that. There is no reason for a business author to string out their ideas just to force us to get thorough all the material.

    After chapter 1 the author expands on his three central ideas one at a time. As my wife and I read this book we both felt the points were getting emphasized over and over and it was a bit repetitive, but I forced myself to endure. I did get value from the repetition and got slightly different ideas from each example.

    The narration is a bit cheesy and gimmicky. It's not entirely the narrators fault, the content can be a bit gimmicky from time to time. Again, I thought the underlying ideas were good enough to merit endurance.

    I have not sampled lots of books on the general principals of building talent so I have no comparative alternatives for you, however, I am not sure I will seek alternatives right now as I felt this book as sufficient and effective.

    I hope you get as much practical application as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 04-27-14
    A. Yoshida 04-27-14
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    "Great book on developing talent"

    This book explains the science of how skills are built -- in the brain, myelin wraps around nerves and increases signal strength, speed, and accuracy. The more you practice, more myelin is built. The brain is like any other muscle -- it gets better and stronger with continued practice. The key is that the practice be purposeful and deep. A student studying a topic shouldn't just read the chapters a few times. The student needs to do practice exams. Identify the wrong answers and keep working on those problems until she can get 100% on them. Developing talent is about "knowing" what you're doing (like why is something right, not just memorizing equations or why does a swing cause the ball to go in certain direction, not just perform exactly the same swing over and over). By "knowing," you can feel a move is wrong or hear a musical note is off immediately.

    There are also plenty of stories of how people "became" talented. People don't become world-class athletes and musicians overnight. They weren't prodigies who created classical pieces on their first try. They were usually exposed to the field at a young age, they were motivated to continually develop their skills, and there were coaches and mentors in their lives who knew the right encouragement to give to get them to do better. This is valuable book for anyone who wants to be an expert in a field or who is a parent/teacher/coach. An interesting observation was that many of the world-class people didn't have professional teachers/coaches in the early years of their learning. They had the right teachers/coaches who kept them committed to deep practices.

    I think this book could have included specific techniques for improving skills. I noticed the author has another book "The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills." I haven't read it but it probably complements this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 09-15-13
    Amanda 09-15-13

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "Well read, interesting, unique, and worthwhile"

    The title is not sexy enough to capture the value of this book. The first thing I should say is it was well read. I never tired of the narrator. Aside from the narration it is well written and chalk full of information, written in a compelling way. Ultimately it made me think a little differently about the process of learning. I think it's an essential read for those who teach, coach or parent. Its entirely worthwhile for those that don't fit in the above categories too. So if you are debating it, pick it up. You can't regret this selection.

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    sarah san francisco, CA, United States 06-03-11
    sarah san francisco, CA, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh"

    If you consider yourself a lay reader and are just looking for a little motivation to start taking those piano lessons again, this is a great book; something you might find in Readers Digest. If you are a brain science geek, this is a pretty light book.

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    Nick 10-09-14
    Nick 10-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome and inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Talent Code to be better than the print version?

    Very good outline of the difference between practice and what makes GREAT PRACTICE.

    May seem minute, but the little things make a big difference. Helped me with study techniques and other aspects of my life

    The only thing I disliked is that the chapters were not separated. Only the PARTS of the book were separated in the audio book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jose 10-03-14
    jose 10-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Glad I only paid $4 for this book"

    Basically, this could have been a magazine article.I can spare you buying and listening to this book. Practice will make you better.Good and focused practice is better than bad practice.

    Jamarcuss Russell is a talent? This book is a failure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten L. Ruark Charlotte, NC 09-21-14
    Kirsten L. Ruark Charlotte, NC 09-21-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Amazing Brain Science May Change Long Held Views"
    Would you listen to The Talent Code again? Why?

    I'd listen again. This book may scientifically prove to you that some of your long held beliefs are just plain wrong. The person who is terrible at drawing may just read this book and start drawing the next day. I'd call it a must read for highstrung parents, educators, homeschoolers, and self-learners of all kinds. It's hard enough to be informative but simple enough to be understandable.


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    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 08-19-14
    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 08-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The code has been fractured"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it brings to light some important information supported in a number of other related books about practice, training and time dedication to obtain a skill. It's also not overly long allowing for a quick listen without lost attention.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing in particular.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Farrell?

    Yes.


    What did you learn from The Talent Code that you would use in your daily life?

    Harness the ignition and immediately correcting the error in during practice before moving on.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Recommended.

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    Mario 03-09-14
    Mario 03-09-14

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    "Hey Parents!, this is useful stuff"

    This is a simple, well structure treaty on the physiology and philosophy of the learning process which serves as a blueprint for teaching and coaching. This is in general, one of the tools parents (sometimes unknowingly) are looking for. It debunks the believe on born abilities and answers the question on: How we can help our children (or at least explain to them) how to achieve their best?

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    adam 10-10-13
    adam 10-10-13
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    "disappointment"

    it's nothing like the preview of the book,
    it is just listing and describing on of the best soccer or tennis technics
    no a word how to improve studding time , or master new language in faster time

    nice listen but nothing interested to be learn form that book ,
    waste of money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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