The Talent Code – A Must Read
My husband checked this book out from the library and read it during his commute on the train. Each night he came home excited to tell me about what he’d learned that day. He kept saying, “this is a really good book. You should read it!” So, when he finished it I started reading it. It’s a quick read, and he’s right…it is a good book.
The author, Daniel Coyle, traveled around the world visiting what he refers to as “talent hotbeds”, which are places where talent in a certain area seems to be innate. From baseball players in Curacao to soccer players in Brazil, and everything in between (including a vocal studio in Texas which has turned out stars like Jessica Simpson and Demi Lovato, an inner-city charter school in San Jose, CA, and a tennis school in Russia). He talks about myelin and how there are a lot of people who now think this is the key to learning anything. How as you practice a skill over and over, your brain grows more myelin which wraps around your neurons making them superfast connections, like a high speed internet connection. He’s a good writer too, making something that sounds terribly boring (myelin? really? you want me to read a book about myelin?) into something very interesting.
He talks about three important parts of developing a skill and references the study done by K. Anders Ericcson, which says that after 10,000 hours of practice you become an expert in something. He talks about master coaching, deep practice (which is the right kind of practice), and how important it is too make mistakes in order to learn something.
We found this book to be so good that my husband even suggested we buy it (which means a lot, as there aren’t a lot of books my husband would read and reference over and over). It covers so many principles that can easily be applied to our lives, especially as parents. I highly recommend this book, and like I said, don’t worry it’s a quick and easy read.
I found this book to be both humbling and inspiring at the same time, because it basically says that with the right amount of focused dedication anyone can do just about anything quite well. It’s inspiring because it makes you want to get out there and do something, but it’s also humbling because it makes you realize that there are no excuses for not accomplishing the things you want to. You can buy it here.