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The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. Hardcover – Apr 28 2009


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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: 21.7 x 14.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 10 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blair Quinn on Dec 27 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MARYHAWKE on April 26 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lamb on April 5 2012
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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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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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Very well written, motivational and insightful. If you want to improve your skills in any area, start with reading this book.
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By Reader on Feb. 20 2013
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The Talent code was an entertaining read in which the author included many interesting examples of "myelin" and offered good insights into the world of talent. It was an easy read and just enjoyable all round. Recommend.
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