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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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Journalist Coyle travels the world to discover the truth about talent in this fascinating account that studies how individuals can unlock their full potential and bring their talents to light. The discoveries put forth by Coyle come down to three main elements: coaching, motivation and practice. While these hardly seem like breakthroughs, Coyle's discovery process proves fascinating. Providing detailed examples from a variety of different sources, Coyle's work becomes as motivational as the stories he presents. John Farrell reads with a voice that is at once firm yet highly identifiable. The resulting recording serves as a fine instructional guide for those searching for how to fulfill their dreams. A Bantam hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 6). (Apr.)
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"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. I am even willing to 'guarantee' that you will not read a more important and useful book in 2009, or pretty much any other year. And if all that's not enough, it's also 'a helluva good read.'"—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence
"This is a remarkable—even inspiring—book. Daniel Coyle has woven observations from brain research, behavioral research, and real-world training into a conceptual tapestry of genuine importance. What emerges is both a testament to the remarkable potential we all have to learn and perform and an indictment of any idea that our individual capacities and limitations are fixed at birth."—Dr. Robert Bjork, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology, UCLA
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Coyle examines how talent is grown by going all over the world to investigate myelin and skill development. In areas such as sports, music, and education, the author shows why talent hotbeds appear in unlikely places and that myelin is utilized in both mental and physical tasks.
"The Talent Code" reminds that skills are not built overnight, requiring what Coyle calls "deep practice." The author looks at the issue of motivation and discusses the traits that successful teachers and coaches have in guiding their pupils. Myelin production becomes more difficult with age, Coyle observes, but it can still be built in our later years with constant practice.
This volume notes that scientific work concerning myelin is still in its early stages. As it is, there are profound implications for learning and self-improvement set forth in "The Talent Code," so it will be fascinating to learn of new discoveries in this area in the years to come.