THE TALENT CODE by Daniel Coyle
Hot off the heels of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers this months book recommendation is called The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle and Coyle references Outliers as an inspiration in that The Talent Code explores the 10,000 hours rule so popularised by Gladwell’s Outliers.
The Talent Code goes beyond Outliers simple concept that 10,000 hours practice makes an expert and develops and tests this theory with in depth yet very accessible science exploring why such extensive practice alone is not enough to create expertise on a world class level.
In The Talent Code Doyle introduces to the world of Myelin which is created in the brain and reinforces practice, along with the importance of making mistakes and learning from them.
In short, Doyle posits that 10,000 hours of deep practice is key to becoming world class. However the story doesn’t end there as Doyle also weaves in theory surrounding the role of genetics too.
A fantastic read that will leave you either feeling focussed about what it is you need to do to get ahead and excel in your game, or with a greater understanding of the human-ness of those we see and believe to be world class in their given profession. According to this book, geniuses are definitely made not born, although where they are born and who to is relevant.
Be prepared to venture into Nature vs Nurture and let Doyle guide you along the way.
If you love Gladwell, you’ll love Doyle!
Click this link to order you copy of:The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown
Lydia – The Confidence Coach
BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB:
“Talent. You’ve either got it or you haven’t. Not actually true.”
“In The Talent Code, award winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.”
“In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed be the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential of set about training our brains in the right way.”