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

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Random House, Dec 15, 2010 - Social Science - 256 pages

'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 tennis academy near Moscow to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

All in all, I will call this a very good book. Daniel does downplay the role of talent. While this is indeed very good, there is a danger that people may believe that talent has no role in achieving ... Read full review

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User Review  - EowynA - LibraryThing

This book focuses on what qualities make for top-notch skills in a variety of pursuits. It is very readable, and clear. The steps are few (deep practice, correct mistakes early, ignite interest ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Daniel Coyle is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and a contributing editor to Outside magazine. He has written for the New York Times magazine and Sports Illustrated. His previous books include The Times bestseller Lance Armstrong:Tour de Force, which won Best Biography in the 2006 British Sports Book Awards. He first wrote about the idea of a talent code in a March 2007 article for Play. He lives in Alaska.

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