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The Talent Code

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel Coyle

Narrated By: John Farrell

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2009

Duration: 6 hours 8 minutes


Where does talent come from? How does it grow? The surprising answer begins with a substance in our brains: myelin.

Until recently myelin was considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells. New research has revealed that it is much more—that it may in fact be the holy grail of acquiring skill. What's even more exciting is that it grows in response to activities that we can control.

Coyle reveals the simple yet powerful mechanisms through which human beings acquire skill: the kinds of practice, motivation, and coaching that grow myelin the fastest. Through visits to the world's best soccer players, bank robbers, violinists, fighter pilots, artists, and skateboarders, and to the labs where myelin is being investigated, this compelling and instructive book will transform the way we view talent and enable all of us to develop our full potential.


  • Nicholas Thomas

    Love this book. The path to greatness is constant improvement All skills have to be acquired through practice, repetition and automatization, from the basics most of us take for granted from learning to walk and talk and type to more complex skill sets such as playing a sport or musical instrument and integrative thinking, with each higher order level of complexity building on top of all those that came before it. In this very readable book, Daniel Coyle takes us through a series of intriguing case studies to show us how this occurs, and how we can optimize the process. In Part I, he examines the type of deep practice required for the sustained, long-term improvement that leads to mastery. In Part II, he focuses on the importance of igniting a deep passion for the process that provides the motivation needed to sustain the ongoing practice. And Part III discusses the role of mentors and modeling in accelerating the process. All three parts are intriguing and insightful, and add up to a comprehensive model of achieving greatness in any domain. Some reviewers have complained that his treatment of the neuroscience is superficial or that he doesn't delve deeply enough into specific methods of deep practice. If that's what they want, by all means they should go read other more specialized books on those topics, but that's not the point of this book. The Talent Code is a major inductive integration identifying the principles (and basic underlying neural mechanisms) common to all skill acquisition. I would also recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg as a nice companion to this.

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  • Geoffrey Laun

    Very well done book. I find it interesting i was already doing so much ofmthis when i ran a martial arts school. It seemed common sense to me. Its nice to see that ehat i did isnow comsidered high end coaching! Well read as well amd the book is easy to listen to.

  • Kelly Walton

    Very insightful. I appreciate the ideas that span across disciplines.

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