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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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    S. Hofmans Helendale, CA 04-25-15
    S. Hofmans Helendale, CA 04-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Wish I found this book decades ago!"

    This book flowed very smoothly and was easy for me to follow, since there was a lot new information to take in. I really loved it.

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    Amy B 03-12-15
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    "Great insight!"

    Talent is more about deep practice and less about genetics. There is hope for us "average" people to become extraordinary.

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    caprice los angeles, ca USA 02-04-15
    caprice los angeles, ca USA 02-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great strategies for school leaders"

    Deep Practice
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    Master Coaching

    Sounds easy, hard to do!

    Quick read that lasts through implementation. Inspiring, complex, and concrete.

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    Erik 01-23-15
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    Very helpful as a organizational leader
    - already implementing the concepts to my coaching style. Leaves you wanting more. Good book

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    Robert 01-16-15
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    "Great information - nice to listen to"

    I had just finished listening to Outliers and this was a great next listen. The information and analogies were great!

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    "very insightful."

    Excellent book. however I wish , he had gone into
    more detail on how to do deep training in day to day life.

    Vasu

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    Nick 10-09-14
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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


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    jose 10-03-14
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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.

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    Kirsten L. Ruark Charlotte, NC 09-21-14
    Kirsten L. Ruark Charlotte, NC 09-21-14 Member Since 2014

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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 2015
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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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