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
"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)
Not that I recall. I purchased the print version of the book several years ago and just re-listened to the audio version recently.
I would add more types of learning situations. What drives passion for learning? I would give examples of of the instructors found in the "hot beds". How are those instructors different from other instructors. In short more comparison and contrast.
A part early on about the pilots and the Tom Sawyer effect.
No. My only reaction is the reminder of how important it is to practice and continue to learn new things while continuing to practice those skills we are most interested in.
Most of the book focuses on the importance of practice, the types of practice, and the quantity of practice. It is an enjoyable read and is filled with examples of the importance of practicing. The narration is especially enjoyable.
I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!
He had an upbeat, motivated tone which helped keep my interest in the material.
The concept of deep practice, in which you slow down the process of learning a thing (be it music, athletics, language) and take its component pieces apart, then slowly reassemble them while correcting mistakes. I have use this practice in my own work and I swear by it.
Fantastic. Provocative insights on learning and skill development-- applicable in multiple contexts ranging from raising children to professional coaching
I just read this book for the second time and enjoyed it even more. If you are interested in teaching kids how to do something well, then this is the book you need! There were too many sports examples to suit my taste, but I got the idea. We are myelin beings.
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.
Sounds easy, hard to do!
Quick read that lasts through implementation. Inspiring, complex, and concrete.
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