• The Talent Code

  • Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown.
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Alex McMorran
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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The Talent Code

By: Daniel Coyle
Narrated by: Alex McMorran
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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.

©2010 Daniel Coyle (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Lots of Great, Valuable Insights!

Love the insights and back up stories. Every teacher, coach and trainer should read it! I got both the books and the audio version and I just love them all. I am going to review them often and put all the insights into practice. Thank you, Daniel, for all your help and efforts!

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Chocked full of insight

This book is chocked full of insight so listen closely. And if you need a real world analogy to believe it’s truth listen to the few minutes he describes the football player jemarcus and then go Wikipedia his career.

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  • LC
  • 05-17-20

Mostly pointless

Most of the book can be summed up in three words "practice makes perfect", which isn't anything new, although it is presented as if this is some kind of amazing and unexpected breakthrough.
The author keeps on talking about myelin as if that gives some extra insight or breakthrough, but nothing of the kind is offered as insight except what we already know, i.e. "practice makes perfect". All that happens is that the author has just substituted the word "myelin", i.e. "practice makes myelin". All pretty pointless!
However, there are plenty of real-life examples of successful and unsuccessful learning, teaching and coaching, which are always interesting and useful to listen to and learn from. These can be good for inspiration too.

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  • Youl George
  • 08-15-20

A Good Addition

The book is more about the way you learn rather than how to become better at it.. If the subject of becoming a better learner or looking to enhance your skills at learning this book will not give you what you want.. But, saying that if you are on a journey of self development in this area it is a very good addition to understanding the processes that go into your own learning abilities.

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  • Tfd
  • 12-30-18

Great Insight and makes a lot of sense

This book explained a lot of the things that I have seen and experienced. It also gave me ideas about how to sharpen my own talents and how to do the same in others.

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  • Mr John
  • 02-17-21

Good book and worth a listen

Useful audio book on the topic of talent. Considers the need for deep practice and how talent is learned.

I gave this 4 stars as while it gives lots of example of learning in different context it does not sufficiently summarise the key points or lessons for this for other purposes. There is a good section at the end on education and it is excellent to raise the challenge about how we teach children.

The narration is excellent and kept the listener engaged throughout.

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  • MRS JOANNE L LEWSLEY
  • 07-25-22

Great read

brilliant and thought provoking on promoting mistakes and learning from them.

purposeful practice and what it takes to really be a master of your own mind

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  • Mark
  • 05-03-22

If only I'd known this years ago...

Very interesting insight into the acquisition of skills. Great guidance for any coach or teacher. Includes the critical elements to encourage a thirst for more and better skills.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

Insightful book

Amazing book. If you are interested in learning and mastering any skill, this book is mandatory!

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  • N Mehta
  • 01-15-22

Excellent book - Strongly recommend

I truly enjoyed this book. Absolutely brilliant book.

I am very surprised to know the some of the facts. Very good examples and well explained.

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  • Derek Campbell
  • 09-21-21

Sensational listen.

this was so easy to listen to. I picked up some great pointers on how I can improve in almost anything. would recommend

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  • Badrul Hussain
  • 02-17-21

You'll know how to prepare for any challenges!

You'll learn 3 major things in this book that makes you learn, remember better and get good at any talent.
The author elaborates it all throughout the book making it very entertaining and also goes into the science behind it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-22

Great book and stories

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed the story telling examples.
There were several names I’ve never heard of but since discovered.

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  • Sakshi Nash
  • 04-06-19

This is the best book on Skill and Talent!!

Omg I'm soo glad I found this book!!! it explains the whole concept of Myelin sooo well!! I'd been so hoping to find a book that did and this is It! You've got to read this to know how to get deep practice to build any skill!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-22

life changing book

loved it
very good information
If I had read this book when I was a teenager I would have achieved a lot more in life

I must read

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  • Kath
  • 01-23-22

Love this!

Such a great book. I learnt so much about the importance of myelin. I feel like I’m going to be a much better teacher, parent and life long learner as a result of listening to this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-22

A Definite Read

I am very interested in being a better me just because the more skilled I am the more fun I have, the more grateful and optimistic I become. This was an excellent well researched HOW. Cheers to Daniel Coyle

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-21

incredibly interesting

this is such a great book with such interesting content delivered in a way that makes learning science easy to understand.

the potential uses are awesome and had me think about applications for my work and as a new parent.

I thoroughly enjoyed ever chapter of the book and will probably re-read a couple of times for deep practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-21

So interesting and inspiring

What a great book. So many nuggets in there for teachers, coaches and anyone trying to learn a skill. I look forward to trying out Daniel Coyle's other titles

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Pretty Good !

Talks about the neural networks of the brain and breaks down what learning is.

Doesn't include modern ' how to's ' but sort of does indirectly.

Loved all the case studies on how and why people learned faster.

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  • Wedzerai
  • 02-20-20

Very insightful

I appreciate how the principle of practice to go from alright to good and good to great is emphasized in this book.
thank you for sharing your knowledge.
much appreciated ☺️👌🏿💯

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  • Chris Christoff
  • 01-24-20

i expected more

great storiea, well told. a little bit too much of a preoccupation with myelin. I expected more indormation I could use, more techniques. I will have to go to tbe referenced research to get that, I expect