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CHARACTERS Ì The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. Eep practice and bring out the best in their studentsThese 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 nourishedCombining 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 euip you to reach your own highest potential. Coyle brings an empowering exciting message to us that we can grow our own greatness That our skills are not fixed they re not inherited or inherent inside of our DNA I can t help but wish my parents had known the concepts of this book when I struggled with my baseball swing in 8th grade But I m thankful to have this message known to me as a 31 year old both for my own growth of talent and for how I will raise my future childrenAfter writing a draft of this glowing review I decided to read the most helpful critical review of the book as penned by Ronald Forbes In many ways his review was accurate and also somewhat persuasive In light of his review I have tempered my own review and rating down from 5 stars to 4 stars To summarize Forbes rightly points out that Coyle s book is pop journalism which I have no problem withit helps keep this book interesting and from being bogged down in scientific jargon and he says the book s claims are nothing new But if an author can present old ideas in a fresh way that can help us change our behaviors then he should be commended for itThis is the kind of book that you cannot help telling your friends and family about Over the several weeks during which I read this book I brought aspects of the book up in at least half a dozen conversations It s a fun book And you learn a lotI m not skilled in science so I m not going to try to summarize what the heck myelin is Basically it s stuff in your brain that grows as you develop skill in ANY given area of life So Coyle tries to help us explain how to grow myelin in our brainsCoyle s three keys to growing talent1 Deep Practice when I go out and play 18 holes this is about as far from deep practice as you can get Why Because deep practice is all about fixing mistakes You can do that on the driving range or the putting green but not on the course well not easily anyway Think about it how much time does the average golfer spend playing vs practicing 5 to 1 10 to 1 Or any other sport or skill for that matterThe concept of deep practice is not about practicing for countless hours each day instead most of the talent hotbeds profiled in the book had pupils training less than e hours per day But the 3 hours of practice at these hotbeds has exponentially greater yield than regular practiceDeep practice is about struggling to get better When we have to grapple with a weakness in our game we can get to a point of breakthrough Experts practice differently and strategically When they fail they don t blame it on luck or themselves They have a strategy they can fix p 862 Ignition at some point in each of our lives we watch a friend or colleague shoot to the moon in some specific area of life or work and we wonder how did he do that What switch was flipped in his brain When we see it happen to someone just like us it gives a sense that we could acuire that particular talent whether it be a tennis swing an ability to remodel a home or learn to play the violinCoyle writes Ignition is about the set of signals and subconscious forces that create our identity the moments that lead us to say that is who I want to be He looks all over the globe to study how talent hotbeds were ignited South Korean female golfers Russian tennis players Brazilian soccer players Cura aon baseball players to a charter school that started in Houston These are great stories fun to share with friends3 Master Coaching this doesn t mean you need some expensive elite impossible to access famous coach Nope you just need a coach that has loads of experience plenty of passion and a knack for connecting interpersonally with his studentsMaster coaches aren t like heads of state Their personality their core skill circuit is to be like farmers careful deliberate cultivators of myelin 165My 3 greatest takeaways from the book1 Praise your children for their hard work not for their intelligence or their innate abilities If they make the connection between hard work and increasing skill they will be increasingly motivated to work hard which therefore leads to talent An upward cycle if you will2 Savor the struggle When my slice is really acting up on the golf course view it as a mountain to be conuered Zone in and do whatever it takes to correct that circuitry3 Don t complain and envy those with talent than me Instead use it as motivation and say If he can do it so can IREAD Û INSPIRECONSULTING.CO.ZA Ç Daniel Coyle
CHARACTERS Ì The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. 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 mechanismDrawing 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. This brilliantly written book is one of the most impactful I have read this year Author Daniel Coyle has done an outstanding job of taking research into myelin a substance that insulates nerve cells and turning that scientific breakthrough knowledge into a prescription for achieving greatness in a variety of fields from music to athletics to businessUsing powerful case studies Coyle has identified three distinct key elements that determine how individuals achieve greatness Deep Practice Ignition and Master CoachingDeep Practice involves short burst of energy perfecting identifying errors repeating Each time an individual violinist tennis player soccer player engages in this kind of Deep Practice the nervous system generates new layers of myelin to further insulate and streamline the flow of electrical energy within neural synapsesIn order for an individual to have the motivation persistence and determination to engage in this level of Deep Practice there needs to have been an Ignition event In the case of Korean women who now dominate the LPGA the igniting event was Se Ri Pak winning the McDonald s LPGA Championship in 1998 and becoming a visible symbol and role model for young Korean girls Five years later enough time for Deep Practice to have made a significant difference Korean women began to dominate women s golfThe third key element is Master Coaching Mr Coyle calls these master teachers The Talent Whisperers Common traits are patience nurturing spirit and the ability to use years of observation and pattern recognition to know just the right word to say to encourage and motivate the person being coached IConic UCLA coach John Wooden is cited as a prototype for this kind of Master CoachThe implications of these three key elements that lead to greatness are far reaching They can be applied to the realm of parenting teaching coaching and business leadership This is a MUST READ book for anyone who aspires to greatness or to lead others in achieving greatness
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CHARACTERS Ì The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. 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 d. If you have a desire to become better at an activity this is the book to read This includes all manners of human endeavors ie musicians sports teachers The first half of the book has given me knowledge on how to make the most of the time I have to practice the clarinet and actually improve The book is written for young people and their teachers and coaches However I have found that the techniues are working for me also even though I am 74 Yes it is probably harder but I am making progress Actually no matter how old you are you can presue a desire you had no time for as a young person if you are willing to work at itI the one negative for me in the book was the huge amount of time spent on sports I am not a sports fan as t all Part of the time I had no idea what he was talking about However if you are into sports you probably will love this book
- The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
- Daniel Coyle
- 14 March 2019