The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills.
The Little Book of Talent is a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”
“The Little Book of Talent should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook—beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science—for nurturing excellence.” — Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit.
“It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour of reading it and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.”— Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence.
Review By Bradley Bevers TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This concise little book packs a lot of wisdom into 120 pages or so. It quickly dispels what assumptions you have about talent and makes a compelling case for the science of building your talent. There are some great tips here, though none that are earth shattering – I have read most of these before, but it is nice to have everything condensed down to one book. The only critique is that some of the tips just read like other tips repackaged and could probably have been cut. That said, a few of my favorite tips and quotes from the book are below:
Tip #3 – Steal Without Apology – Build on other’s work
Tip #11 – Don’t Fall For The Prodigy Myth – Early success is poor predictor of future talent (see Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Michael Jordan, etc)
Tip #12 – 5 Ways To Pick A High-Quality Teacher Or Coach – This is great – some of the best advice in the book
Tip #30 – Take A Nap – Science says so . . .
Tip #33 – To Learn From A Book, Close It – Great advice. Don’t read to retain information. If you follow this tip you will retain more information, much faster. Valuable advice.
Tip #46 – Don’t Wast Time Trying To Break Bad Habits – Instead, Build New Ones – Great advice
Tip #51 – Keep Your Big Goals Secret – Why you should not share your newest dream with your friends – very interesting and helpful as well.
There are plenty of gems here that make this book a worthy buy. Just about anyone can read it in a few hours, and it could potentially change every day of the rest of your life. Hard to ask any more than that from a 120 page book – Recommended.
Daniel Coyle is the author of The Talent Code, as well as the New York Times bestseller Lance Armstrong’s War. He lives with his wife and four children in Homer, Alaska, and Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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