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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Useful & Practical

Great insight for parents, teachers, and anyone trying to help others - or help themselves - reach their potential.

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Basically continual practice & strong motivation

More practice = better/faster neurons
He discusses coaching strategies for kids, sports and the arts. He describes what goes on in the brain during learning and why continual practice is necessary.

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Wow

This make total sense. Wish I could redo life with this knowledge. 30 years to go to do it differently and deeply

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Awesome learn!!!

This is my first audio book and I am impressed at how I can begin to learn more by listening. Hope that more is on the way for me.

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Must have for parents with children

I've probably listened to this a dozen times and will a few dozen more. It's a must have!

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Amazing

Love love loved this book. Changed my whole way of thinking as far as trying new things in life and not being afraid to fail at them. Failing is what helps us eventually gain skill as we keep trying and trying again!!

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Needs to differentiate between skill and talent

Seriously. The author seems to assume talent does not really exist and it's all hard earned skills. Talent = speed of learning for a subject.

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Makes so much sense!

Loved it! Listened 3 times! I hear something new each time I listen to this book.

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A life-changer!

This book does a fantastic job of explaining how to practice effectively to allow speedy progression in any skill you desire. Everyone needs to read this book, without a doubt.

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Riveting and insightful

The stories are epic. The punchline is so human--so progressive and hopeful. The science is simplistic. The lessons learned are actionable and could prove fundamental to you or your children's ability to reach their potential.

Buy this book and enjoy a different kind of Outliers.