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  • The Talent Code

  • Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown.
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Alex McMorran
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (303 ratings)

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The Talent Code

By: Daniel Coyle
Narrated by: Alex McMorran
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Summary

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 a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by 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 if we set about training our brains in the right way.

©2010 Daniel Coyle (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • 17-05-20

Mostly pointless

Most of the book can be summed up in three words "practice makes perfect", which isn't anything new, although it is presented as if this is some kind of amazing and unexpected breakthrough.
The author keeps on talking about myelin as if that gives some extra insight or breakthrough, but nothing of the kind is offered as insight except what we already know, i.e. "practice makes perfect". All that happens is that the author has just substituted the word "myelin", i.e. "practice makes myelin". All pretty pointless!
However, there are plenty of real-life examples of successful and unsuccessful learning, teaching and coaching, which are always interesting and useful to listen to and learn from. These can be good for inspiration too.

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A Good Addition

The book is more about the way you learn rather than how to become better at it.. If the subject of becoming a better learner or looking to enhance your skills at learning this book will not give you what you want.. But, saying that if you are on a journey of self development in this area it is a very good addition to understanding the processes that go into your own learning abilities.

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Great Insight and makes a lot of sense

This book explained a lot of the things that I have seen and experienced. It also gave me ideas about how to sharpen my own talents and how to do the same in others.

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Good book and worth a listen

Useful audio book on the topic of talent. Considers the need for deep practice and how talent is learned.

I gave this 4 stars as while it gives lots of example of learning in different context it does not sufficiently summarise the key points or lessons for this for other purposes. There is a good section at the end on education and it is excellent to raise the challenge about how we teach children.

The narration is excellent and kept the listener engaged throughout.

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Amazing audio book

The narration is great and the book is excellent. A real eye opener that comes highly recommended!

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Very average

Just a whole lot of talking and not much to learn from it. Found it really hard going!

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Best book I’ve read on coaching

A fatalistic expose on talent and how it can be ignited in individuals. How to train children and adults alike. I’ve taken so much from this book. A must read!!

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Great read

brilliant and thought provoking on promoting mistakes and learning from them.

purposeful practice and what it takes to really be a master of your own mind

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If only I'd known this years ago...

Very interesting insight into the acquisition of skills. Great guidance for any coach or teacher. Includes the critical elements to encourage a thirst for more and better skills.

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Insightful book

Amazing book. If you are interested in learning and mastering any skill, this book is mandatory!

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