The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle : Book Summary
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 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, Coyle identifies the 3 key elements that allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in just about anything:
1. Deep Practice: Everyone knows that practice is key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to 10 times faster than conventional practice.
2. 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.
3. Master Coaching: What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the 4 virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.
These 3 elements work together in 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. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed--it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated. This book won't just change the way you think about talent, it'll equip you to reach your own highest potential.