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The Talent Code: Greatness isn't born. It's grown

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'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 te
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Arrow (first published 2009)
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Hans
This book is first and foremost a cultural myth-buster. There are so many dangerous collectively held beliefs about human potential and its limits. One of the greatest insults that we can say to someone who is talented is that they came by it naturally. When we label people as naturally talented, or smart it is a back-handed compliment that tries to downplay their efforts while excusing our own laziness. Everyone who is talented or gifted came by it the hard way, through dedicated hard-work. Tha ...more
Simmoril
Nov 25, 2011 Simmoril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most often-quoted facts regarding talent, which I first heard in Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers", is that becoming an expert in a given field takes on average about 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. However, that term 'deliberate practice' can seem somewhat vague: what exactly is supposed to happen during those 10,000 hours? Coyle's book is the definitive answer to that question.

In his book, Coyle explores this notion of deliberate practice from all angles. To begin, he starts out w
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Yazeed
Oct 09, 2011 Yazeed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Talent Code is a book about talent and skill, and how they are developed. It explains why we see bursts of talented people, Russian tennis players, Brazilian football players, Italian artists, and others. It is based on a simple but powerful idea once you truly understand it. It's not very different from "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, but it is more researched, more accurate, and simply more entertaining than Gladwell's book. Plus, Gladwell ends his book by trying (and failing) to explain w ...more
Heather
Jun 04, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to be gained from what this book teaches. This is one of my favorite books so far from 2012.

What makes talent? Is is born or made? The theory behind this book is that talent is made. The way this is done is by "deep practice". Deep practice isn't just about practicing something over and over again--it is about practicing in a certain system of doing, messing up, and doing over again until you get it right. What I love about this theory is that to be talented you must fail and le
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Jim Razinha
Coyle asks, "...why does it take people so long to learn complex tasks?" Um...because they're complex?

Any time someone opens up with how they'll reveal "revolutionary scientific discoveries", the best advice is to run away. I didn't take my own advice and stubbornly slogged through this collection of anecdotes about "hotbeds" (he loves that term) in which he reaches far, contradicts himself, incredibly co-opts the Tom Sawyer fence whitewashing story to his means (really...guy tosses thousands o
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Isaac Yuen
Jan 23, 2016 Isaac Yuen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I checked this out based on a recommendation from my professor, a lifelong educator who’s deeply immersed in the field of leadership and organizational development. He stated, on no uncertain terms, that this was one of the best reads out there on talent development. Not just talent in one area, ALL talent.

The central premise, which is repeated for effect throughout the book, is that “skill is insulation that wraps neural circuits and grows according to certain signals.” That insulation is a sub
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Glenda
Feb 22, 2011 Glenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-read for teachers, particularly those who believe all students can learn. Daniel Coyle speaks to the value of hard work, appropriate mentors, and effective motivation (which he calls ignition) in developing talent. I particularly like Coyle's acknowledgment that experience and expertise matter. In fact, he claims that it takes one ten years and/or 10,000 hours of "deep practice" to become an expert in one's chosen profession or avocation. Take that, Bill Gates. Coyle also pays hom ...more
Emeline
I'm on the fence about this book. The subject matter is riveting, but it's the writing that throw it all off for me. It's too catchy, to commercial. The author has a penchant for grand claims which I don't think sits well when trying to write a book rooted in science. He is passionate, I'll give him that. I always feel I am being actively sold something, and talked down to as if I were a child, his little riddle about myelin production got on my nerves pretty quickly, as did all the endless case ...more
Deb
Mar 08, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Talent de-coded*

Now, if this book isn't a display of remarkable talent, I don't know what is!

Not only does Daniel Coyle de-code talent, but he uses his own to brilliantly weave the story behind greatness. Clearly, he's honed his writing talent. (And, after reading this book, you'll understand the neurological processes enabling that growth!)

The book tells the story of the three components of the talent-code: deep practice, ignition, and master coaching. The protagonist of the talent story is my
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Marcus
I like that Coyle actually went out and visited "talent hotbeds" and tried to synthesize ways they practice, motivate and coach rather than just citing other studies and books. I'd never heard of myelin so that was interesting, though his miracle drug description of it is ridiculous.

The thirty second takeaway: practice in chunks, breaking up music to measures, bringing sports to a smaller scale--practice in a way that lets you fail and correct often. Stay motivated by taking a genuine interest i
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Faisal ElBeheiry
كتاب شفرة الموهبة.
قد يكون هذا التقييم أطول تقييم أكتبة و لكن هذا الكتاب من نوعية الكتب التي تغير حياتك.
قبل أن أبدأ في سرد مقتطفاتي من الكتاب: رأيي في الموهبة أنها قبل كل شيء توفيق من الله، و لكن يجب تنمية الموهبة بالأخذ بالأسباب، و من الأسباب إتباع محتويات هذا الكتاب الرائع.
مقتطفاتي:
التدريب العميق: هو تفيكيك الشيء المراد التدريب علية لإتقانة ثم التدريب علية بكثرة.
المايلين: مادة الموهبة، و هو المعزل الذي يلف الألياف العصبية و يزيد من قوة الإشارة العصبية و سرعتها و دقتها، و هو إكتشاف جديد يغير الم
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Razan
Dec 14, 2014 Razan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كيف من الممكن أن تملك البرازيل هذا الكم من لاعبي كرة القدم المحترفين؟
ما أصل الموهبة؟

.الجواب المختصر هو أن الموهبة تُبنى و لا تولد

الكتاب يوضح سر اكتشاف عازل عصبي يسمى "المايلين" الذي يعتبر العامل الأول لاكتساب المهارة، دور المايلين هو أن يلف على الألياف العصبية فكلما تتدربت أكثر (أو بعمق) كلما زاد لديك المايلين و زادت مهارتك

(التدريب يصنع المايلين، و المايلين يصنع الكمال)

القسم الأول من الكتاب يتحدث عن التدريب العميق الذي يعتمد على ارتكاب الأخطاء و الخروج المستمر من منطقة الراحة.

القسم الثاني عن
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Andrea
Interesting and fast read. Touches on some of the same studies as other books of this type, and is a bit extroverted biased, but takes an interesting look at the role of myelin in creating talent, i.e. how forming the myelin coating on our neurons, we develop our talents, and thus the oft cited 10,000 hours mark to reach mastery at something - it takes 10,000 hours to fully develop a thick coating of myelin, and the thicker the coating, the faster the synapses fire, and the more ingrained a skil ...more
Kevin
Jun 30, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An eye opener. Greatness is not born, it's grown. Great talents are cultivated in a step by step way. The book teaches you about 'deep practice', the way to help grow myelin, the substance that acts as an insulation around your neuron fibers to make them act like broadband circuits. Myelin coating helps build up your character, your skills and sharpen your talents. The author gives interesting examples to illustrate this point, picking sample personalities from fields of arts, music, soccer, bas ...more
Jeana
Jul 27, 2013 Jeana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by Bianca's viola teacher. It's a great book that makes you rethink the way we perceive "naturals" or people born with "talent." I learned so much about "deep practice" and the way that's best to encourage kids with our words ("I can tell you're working so hard" as opposed to "sounds good"). I really think every parent should read this book. It's not that a person has a knack for something to be good at it. It opens up the world to anyone willing to work hard, pai ...more
Abrar_abdullaha
Sep 09, 2016 Abrar_abdullaha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#كتاب / #شفرة_الموهبة
للكاتب / #دانيال_كويل

[التفوق لا يولد بل ينمو ] يؤمن الكاتب أن الموهبة ليست فطرية بقدر ماهي مهارة تحتاج للتدريب و التطوير بإستمرار و عن طريق المثابرة .

أضاف لمسة علمية و حقيقية على رأيه ، بأن الموهبة أو المهارة " طبقة عازلة من المايلين تلتف على الدوائر العصبية و تنمو وفق آشارات معينة " ، أي أننا كلما أشعلنا دوائرنا العصبية و سمحنا للمايلين بالنمو عن طريق المحاولة و الخطأ بالإضافة لشغف ، كلما أصبحنا أكثر تفوق و موهبة !

الكتاب يحوي الكثير من التجارب و القصص الحقيقية ، غني بالمع
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Bill
In “The Talent Code”, Daniel Coyle argues that talent isn’t necessarily something you are born with, but rather something that can be cultivated through practice practice practice. He traveled the world to visit “talent hotbeds” that have a reputation for consistently cranking out extraordinary talent and attempts to find a common denominator in their activities. Bottom line – you can get really good at something if you practice intensely and often – “deep practice” as he calls it. Seems pretty ...more
Konnie
Aug 10, 2010 Konnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating read! Daniel Coyle spent two years visiting talent "hotbeds," like Brazil with it's soccer factory, Russia's tennis training ground, and the Z-Boys in California. He studied the practicing, the coaches, and the environmental factors that contribute to these bundles of genius or greatness. He connects what he finds to the latest research and conclusions about how skills and talent grow at the brain level. His conclusions about growing talent are widely applicable, and the many ...more
د.أمجد الجنباز
يتحدث الكتاب أن أي شخص بإمكانه تنمية أية مهارة يريدها إذا تبع ثلاث خطوات
الممارسة والتمرين العميق
شرارة البداية
تدريب احترافي

وبحسب رأي المؤلف أن اتباع هذه الخطوات سيكفل لك أن تتفوق في المهارة التي تريدها، حيث أن المهارة لا تولد وإنما تخلق
ويذكر الكثير من الأمثلة عن أناس فعلو ذلك وتحولوا من اشخاص ليس لديهم آية موهبة إلى موهوبين

بالرغم من ان الكتاب ليس في التنمية البشرية إلا أن افتراضه هذا بالإمكان نفيه ليس علميا فقط، بل وحتى بالملاحظة
مع انه وضع ابحاث علمية حاول فيها دعم السياق

اتعجب إن كان المؤلف نفسه
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David
The thesis of this excellent book is that talent is developed by the right kind of practice. This practice repeatedly fires the correct neurons, which develops the myelin sheaths that surround these neurons; a positive feedback ensues, further strengthening the neuron connections.

Brute repetition is not the type of practice that the author recommends; he discusses a "deep" practice that breaks down a complex skill into component parts, and repeats the parts until they become perfect and ingrain
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Ekaterina Kachalina
The only curious thing that can be found in this book is a weird idea about what good coaching is. Look at this: “The way I look at it, everybody's life is a bowl of whipped cream and shit, and my job is to even things out. If a kid's got a lot of shit in his life, I'm going to stir in some whipped cream. If a kid's life is pure whipped cream, then I'm going to stir in some shit.” So, this is probably a book about not less than the newest incarnation. Oh, and also about zombies — children in the ...more
Gordon
This is a great book for anyone. If you are a teacher, a professor, or a coach, it is a must. The basic premise is that world class talent is the function of proven steps - ignition (motivation with vision - externally or self-induced), deep practice (slow, deliberate, repetition, error-focused), and master coaching (individualized, information-specific). Suprisingly Dan Coyle proves that skill is physically visible and the result of a natural occurring material called myelin which wraps the neu ...more
Ahmed
Mar 22, 2015 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جميل، يبين فيه المؤلف حقيقة الموهبة بشكل علمي، فكل حركة نقوم بها هي عبارة عن موجات كهربائية داخل أعصابنا، وكل ما كانت هذه الموجات أسرع كانت استجابة العضلات أسرع، وكل ما كانت هذه الموجات تصل من دون تشويش تصبح الإستجابة أفضل، لذلك هناك طبقة تلتف حول الأعصاب تسمى المايلين، فكلما زادت عدد لفات المايلين حول العصب التي تمثل العازل، قل التشويش في الإشارة وزادت سرعتها، ثم يشرع الكاتب ببيان الكثير من بحوث العلماء وذكر الكثير من الأمثلة والقصص لأناس أصبحوا موهوبين، ويبين العوامل التي تحفز المايلين بأ ...more
Amir
Dec 30, 2016 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The concept of talent (myelination of neurons) depicted in this book has the potential to drastically alter one's view of talent and those who we might know as genius.

Talent code reasonably portrays an effective learning framework along with what sparks off a burning desire in one's soul after which groundbreaking deeds and talents appear.

The downside to the book I would say is that about on 99 percent of the time it focuses on sports and music as talent and not any major science as it is clai
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Abirami
Talent code book was one of the best book.Mainly it summaries the secrets to unlock the talent skills.Every living have skills.but way to utilize our skills converts into talents. In this book explains the rule how to convert our skills into talents.There are three main rules to convert skills into Talented skills. Practice,Ignition and master coaching.First we need to practice more to get the confident on our skills and will we do better.
Santhosh
Jul 14, 2015 Santhosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Heather
Dec 17, 2016 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So, this started out very textbook-y, but by the end there were several points I thoughtful were helpful. The 'talent code' means ignition (or passion with a trigger that helps you know you can do something) with master coaching and then deep practice to create talent. We need to practice deliberately (slowly with repetition and in small pieces, recognizing and overcoming mistakes). Basically, we can and need to work on growing talent.

It reminded me of a couple of other books I read this year a
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Kareem Gamal
Oct 29, 2014 Kareem Gamal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Coyle is an author and explorer. Coyle starts the story by telling the events that always happen with him before every expedition he takes. Coyle stated how he talks deeply to himself about if he fails, he can stand up again because nothing is impossible. Later, Coyle speaks about people who failed then stood up again. He had given an example of a Brazilian kid living beside him and saw the boy doing a dribbling maneuver named elastico. When Coyle was watching, he realized that the boy ke ...more
Nada Al-Ghamdi

كتاب شفرة الموهبة يحتوي على ريح كتب تطوير الذات ولا يحتوي على روحها (ولله الحمد!)، يشترك معها في الهدف (باعتبار أن كتب تطوير الذات هدفها الأساسي ليس الربح :) ) ففكرته الرئيسية :أنت يمكنك تعلم أي شيء فقط إذا حققت شروط شفرة الموهبة. وهذا التخصيص بدوره هو مايميزه عن نظيره من كتب تطوير الذات فهو مدعوم بدراسات وإثباتات علمية .

تعرف الموهبة في هذا الكتاب كالتالي: امتلاك مهارات يمكن تكراراها ولا تعتمد على الحجم الجسدي. اما شفرة الموهبة فهي قائمة على اكتشافات علمية بخصوص عازل يسمى المايلين، والذي يعتبر م
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Nathan Moore
Sep 05, 2014 Nathan Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coyle's premise is that the notion that people are born with natural talents is a myth. Talents are developed by hard work and deep practice. Coyle argues that the development of skills can be traced to the development of myelin, a wrapping of insulation around our neurons. The thicker the myelin, the more efficient the circuit.

“All skills, all language, all music, all movements, are made of living circuits, and all circuits grow according to certain rules.” (The Talent Code, pg 6)

To develop sk
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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 ...more
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“The sweet spot: that productive, uncomfortable terrain located just beyond our current abilities, where our reach exceeds our grasp. Deep practice is not simply about struggling; it's about seeking a particular struggle, which involves a cycle of distinct actions.” 19 likes
“Although talent feels and looks predestined, in fact we have a good deal of control over what skills we develop, and we have more potential than we might ever presume to guess.” 10 likes
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