The Talent Code

The Talent Code

Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown, Here's How

Book - 2009
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What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

Whether you're coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.

Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world's talent hotbeds--from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York--Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.

* Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn't know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.

* Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment--call it passion--born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.

* Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world's most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these "talent whisperers" to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.

These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo's to Michael Jordan's. The good news about myelin is that it isn't fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.

Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780553806847
Characteristics: 246 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Call Number: 153.9 COY


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May 05, 2014

Great read from a local Chicagoan..well Wilmette I think! And it will help you to improve what ever you want to do in 4 easy steps.Step 1 - get passionate and know that you can,. Step 2 cultivate deep practice skills: chunking, find error in the chunk, visualize and practice how it is correct, integrate into chunks, integrate into play, Step 3 find a great coach. Step 4 make your practice area spartan and minimal.

All the best!

Sep 28, 2013

The author does a good job of introducing interesting examples that highlight his (and other's) theory on how to become good and master different things. I'm sure there are opposing views out there, but the author doesn't really touch on them.

May 08, 2013

This is a book covering the foundation and creation of expertise. The author covers subjects ranging from around world, including musicians, students, athletes, and those who teach them, covering the simplicity and complexity of his subject with both science and stories. The findings and implications of this book range from funny to downright Biblical. If you're interested in expertise or human nature in general, this is a great read.

Jul 26, 2011

Overall, the context in this book is very interesting. I personally enjoy reading about the KIPP example. The theories and concepts in this book are very similar to the ones in Talent Is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin; however, in terms of language convention and the overall structure of the two books, I think Talent is Overrated is written more successfully than The Talent Code.

Jul 24, 2011

Also an audiobook...

Dec 03, 2010

Definitely, definitely, definitely worth reading. Depending on the maturity of your children, have them read it too, or at least explain it to them.
This book not only teaches a great deal on how we build skill, it is also written in a very entertaining, engaging and humorous way.
I just wish Coyle would have refrained from the swear words in Chapter 4, as they may be off-putting to some people. If he had found another way to write about his experience he would have gotten 5 out 5 stars from me.
Hopefully though, you will look past that minor error in the author's (and editor's) judgment and read the book.

Jul 23, 2010


Jul 09, 2009

If you are interested in becoming good at something, this is the book for you. In addition to providing valuable information, The talent Code is well-written and entertaining.


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artandcraft Jul 16, 2012

World class talent is derived from many hours of "deep" practice, not just practice. Deep practice is the process of dividing a complex task into smaller chunks, slowing down on each chunk to allow for attention to details and to analyze errors. Repeat your deep practice for 10,000 hours.


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