Book Review – The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

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  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

‘Talent. You’ve either got it or you haven’t.’ Not true, actually.

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 demostrate 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.


A bit about the author:

Author of the New York Times bestseller Lance Armstrong’s War, Hardball: A Season in the Projects, Waking Samuel, and most recently The Talent Code. Coyle has written for Sports Illustrated, Play, and the New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared multiple times in Best American Sports Writing, and he is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist. He lives in Homer, Alaska, with his wife Jen and their four children.

Customer Reviews:

An interesting read about how “talent” develops. Apparently in most cases, such a thing as talent does not exist, and it is more down to how hard you work and practice.

First, you need “ignition”, an event that makes you want to become great at something.

Secondly, you need mentoring, a teacher who can support you and correct your errors.

Thirdly, you need deep practice, a state of deep focus where you analyse what you are doing in the finest detail and correct your errors.

The purpose of practice is to strengthen the myelin strand coatings in the brain to strengthen brain connections made during practice.

Overall, a good book, useful to parents, and anyone involved in studying and learning of any kind.

This book is definitely worth reading. It’s got quite a lot of good research-based information, some other interesting ideas, and it’s easy to read.

Most of all it’s a very useful book. You don’t have to be an aspiring world champion to be interested in how to get lots more benefit from time you spend practising, and the book has lots of specific stuff on this topic.

I read sections of it to my children and they actually seemed interested.

I bought this book on the recommendation of my brother. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting too much. I was wrong. The book is surprisingly good. It takes a number of different elements that you may have read about in other books (e.g. that to become an expert in any discipline takes a minimum of 10,000 hours practise) and extends them much further. I was impressed.

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Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!