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The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills | [Daniel Coyle]

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.
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Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.

Supported by cutting-edge science and the wisdom of some of the world’s leading trainers from a variety of fields, The Little Book of Talent explains how to make the most progress in the least amount of time by using techniques that play into the way our brains are wired to learn. It’s an indispensible handbook that every coach, teacher, manager, athlete, musician, and student will want to own.

©2012 Original material by Daniel Coyle. Recorded by arrangement with Bantam Books, a member of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.” (Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence)

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    Justina MacDowell 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Top5 books"

    I would suggest reading the talent code and then reading this. It's the perfect snack sized practical application of the ideas.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    clara 08-11-13
    clara 08-11-13
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    "Suitable for coaches and people doing sports"
    What did you like best about The Little Book of Talent? What did you like least?

    I was hoping for more tips related to so called "soft skills". This book would have been more useful to me, had I been either a musician or an athlete.


    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 01-31-14
    Patrick 01-31-14

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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    "Even a bad golfer can benefit from this book"

    I had first heard of Daniel Coyle on a podcast discussing his other book "The Talent Code." While researching that I stumbled upon this book, and boy did it help me.

    Here's my story: I've been trying to improve on my golf game within the past year, and became progressively worse after a period of time. My frustration almost led me to quit all together. Then I listened to this book. Yes, I know how that sounds, but I must say it's true.

    The book taught me what exactly "deep" practice was, and how to gain improvement within each session, no matter how small the amount. This made me think about what my own practice habits to acquire a new skill consisted of, and how I was doing it completely wrong. I was hitting as many balls as I could within an hour on the range, and not really correcting or concentrating on my mistakes. (One of the many things I'd been doing wrong)

    So I started taking the advice of the book and focusing on the quality of my practice, rather than the quantity. Each mistake I made, I immediately didn't hit another ball, instead, I analyzed the mistake and swung extremely slow, essentially not even hitting the ball. A few weeks later, I was vastly improving each time I hit the range to practice. This was so relieving to me b/c I went months with little to no improvement, actually going backwards at times.

    Although I did benefit from this book, I will say that utilizing some of the techniques and sticking with them requires determination and yes, HARD WORK. However, if you listen (read) intently to this book, and figure out how to apply it to the skill (mine being golf) that you're desiring to learn, then you will improve too.

    I'm convinced now that talent really is overrated in some aspects. An "expert" in any field has to put in vast amounts of practice, almost to the point of being obsessed. (See the 10,000 hour rule.) While some people may have better hand/eye coordination etc., overall, becoming proficient at anything requires work. This book will teach you how to get the most out of the work you put into a new skill. Now all you (the listener/reader) have to do is ask yourself this question....HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Dethloff Belton, MO 06-18-15
    Wendy Dethloff Belton, MO 06-18-15 Member Since 2015

    online shopping addict

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    "Should havegotten the paper book."

    Good advice & information but it would be more beneficial to have the wrotten paper book to refer to the examples, notes & appendix.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 06-18-15
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterful, concise, and targeted advice"

    This is the book I have been looking for about how to learn faster and more effectively. Daniel Coyle offers concise, yet detailed information about how to improve your learning curve, and he manages to do this in a very short book.

    I just bought this on Amazon's deal of the day for 99 cents, and that was a well-spent 99 cents. It is worth far more than that. I will be looking for more by this author, and I will probably purchase the Kindle version of this work so that I can review some of the concepts in print.

    Some of the tips include how and when to use visualization techniques (non-religious), how and when to review mistakes, whether it is better to practice a work (such as a musical piece) all together or in "chunks" of material, and how to study for different types of skills. It should be noted that a lot of this advice is useful for atheletic purposes, as well.

    Grover Gardiner did an excellent job with the narration. I listened at 3x speed and even then, his voice offered a good, varied cadence and he was easily understandable.

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn how to acquire talent faster. This is a quick listen that will pay off in spades.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RAYMOND J. NAVARRO SAN DIEGO, CA, US 05-29-15
    RAYMOND J. NAVARRO SAN DIEGO, CA, US 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely practical advice to achieve Success"

    The content in this book covers numerous tips and suggestions which are extremely useful for use in countless areas of one's personal and/or business life. The practical advice contained in this book is based on real life experiences which have resulted amazing success stories.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Highland Park, NJ, United States 10-30-13
    Samuel Highland Park, NJ, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great information and narration"
    If you could sum up The Little Book of Talent in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Eye-Opening, Well-executed


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    It's very stern and engaging. I happened to love the material, but even if he was narrating a phone book, I would love it.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The neurobiology of how we learn new things.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Jasper, IN, United States 01-30-15
    Thomas Jasper, IN, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listened"

    I went out and bought it after I listen just so I could dog hear my bookmarks? WOW good listen

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Britt Aamodt Minnesota 07-21-15
    Britt Aamodt Minnesota 07-21-15 Member Since 2015

    just one more book lover

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    "Li'l book with lots to say"

    I picked this up on an Audible Daily Deal and am glad I did. I actually read the author's longer work, The Talent Code, a couple years ago.

    This book boils down the essential points of The Talent Code in an easy-to-follow numbered format.

    This book will inspire you to dust off your guitar, enroll in a language class or pick up accounting. Because Coyle's premise is that talent is not is not inborn but learned. He breaks down the process of learning with suggestions for improving performance and retention. So, in the case of learning an instrument, you would want to practice for shorter bursts with 10-minute breaks in between, but going right back to it to reinforce learning.

    Coyle also suggests breaking down your activity into well-honed exercises that zero in on a particular skill or a particular phrase in a musical composition. Be aware of mistakes and tackle them immediately.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg of the info offered in this short yet pithy read.

    Coyle's research can applied to any field and any age group. It is never too late to start; and once you do, practice, practice, practice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Orlando, FL, United States 07-18-15
    Paul Orlando, FL, United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Information"

    I use the bookmark feature often, but I figured this was a short book so I wouldn't have to many notes... Boy was I wrong. This book is packed with great tips for coaches and athletes alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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