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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st (first) edition (April 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055380684X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553806847
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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"I only wish I'd never before used the words 'breakthrough' or 'breathtaking' or 'magisterial' or 'stunning achievement' or 'your world will never be the same after you read this book.' Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code. I am even willing to 'guarantee' that you will not read a more important and useful book in 2009, or pretty much any other year. And if all that's not enough, it's also 'a helluva good read.'"—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

"This is a remarkable—even inspiring—book. Daniel Coyle has woven observations from brain research, behavioral research, and real-world training into a conceptual tapestry of genuine importance. What emerges is both a testament to the remarkable potential we all have to learn and perform and an indictment of any idea that our individual capacities and limitations are fixed at birth."—Dr. Robert Bjork, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology, UCLA

I only wish I’d never before used the words ‘breakthrough’ or ‘breathtaking’ or ‘magisterial’ or ‘stunning achievement’ or ‘your world will never be the same after you read this book.’ Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code. I am even willing to guarantee that you will not read a more important and useful book in 2009, or any other year. And if all that’s not enough, it’s also a helluva good read.” —Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence and author of Re-imagine!

“Daniel Coyle digs deep into the core of the insatiable desire to become ‘better.’ An amazing read with many practical applications for everyday life.” —Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic gold medalist

About the Author

Daniel Coyle is the author of the New York Times bestseller Lance Armstrong’s War and Hardball: A Season in the Projects, and is a contributing editor for Outside magazine. He lives with his wife and four children in Homer, Alaska, where he coaches a rapidly improving Little League team.

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In recent years, there have been several books and even more articles written in response to research conducted by Anders Ericsson in these subject areas: the structure and acquisition of expert performance, experts' ability to expand working memory and access to long-term memory with training, and use of Protocol analysis as a rigorous methodology for eliciting verbal reports of thought sequences as a valid source of data on thinking. These books include Geoff Colvin's Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success. In The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle gratefully acknowledges the importance of Ericsson's research, agreeing with Colvin and Gladwell that greatness isn't born; rather, it is developed by a combination of luck (i.e. being "given" opportunities); ignition (i.e. self-motivation activated by one or more "primal cues"), what Coyle calls "deep practice"(i.e. 10, 000 hours of focused and disciplined repetition, requiring an energetic and passionate commitment), and master coaching provided by "talent whisperers" who "possess vast, deep frameworks of knowledge, which they apply to the steady, incremental work of growing skill circuits, which they ultimately don't control."

At one point is his narrative (Page 72), Coyle declares, "We are myelin beings." OK, but so what? When tapping into a neurological mechanism in which certain patterns of targeted practice builds skills, we create entry to "a zone of accelerated learning that, while it can't quite be bottled, can be accessed by those who know how. In short, they're cracked the talent code." What about myelin? According to Dr. George Bartzokis, professor of neurology at U.C.L.A., it is "the key to talking, reading, learning skills, being human.
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I get it...a layman's version of a scienitic explanation as to how talent is developed to the levels that make the biggest impact. Now when I practice I understand what is happening to me by the process that is explained in this book..It's an excellent read that I think will make quite a difference for those who really want to develop their talent and that of others.
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Throughout my life, I have never been really good at anything. Then, I started programming and really enjoyed. But, even though I've been programming for a few years, I felt like I've been stuck at the same skill level. This book has given a reason for why I felt this way and how to fix it. This book has helped been not feel self conscious around people who are clearly more talented and smarter than me. Now, all I have to do is work harder and dedicated part of my time to improving my craft. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be in the top of their craft and especially to adults who have felt like it's too late to start learning a new skill or craft.
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Loved the book! It was a quick, easy read with useful, usable information that is directly applicable to my life. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in seeing how skill development really works, and how to develop skills in yourself and others. There is no quick-fix here - more of a "light at the end of a long dark tunnel" scenario, but there is definitely a light!
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This is a fabulous book. The author's idea of cracking the talent code is "bang on" . Its easy to read and understand.
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Reading this book gave me strength as a parent. Knowing that I could influence my son's positive development by instilling in him that talent is nothing but a result of hard work and teaching him the basics of deep practice took away some of the uncertainty and fear of the unknown I experienced as a mother.
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This is a fabulous book that shows us that talent isn't born, but is a skill that can be learned with proper practice. Daniel Coyle did an excellent job of explaining this by telling stories of people that each of us could relate to.
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This book really challenged and changed some of my basic outlooks on life. Talent is not something magically given to the few, it is something earned with practice. And it is something that everyone can work towards. An engaging and thought-provoking read.
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