Recommendation: 4 out of 5
A New York Times bestselling author explores cutting-edge brain science to learn where talent comes from, how it grows—and how we can make ourselves smarter.
How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top 20 women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance?
Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil?
Where does talent come from, and how does it grow?
New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition—in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math—that can be successfully applied through a person’s entire lifespan
This book is 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, basket ball and other sports, the way how they developed their skill in the respective fields. The book explores and unravels the ‘Talent Code’, a scientific explanation to great skills.
You get enlightened with ideas of teaching how to grow up mechanisms to nurture skills and talents, and you get an excellent understanding about the theory behind applying the right techniques to achieve the objective. An excellent hand book and guide to teachers and students, and obviously parents.