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The Little Book of Talent by [Coyle, Daniel]
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Advance praise for "The Little Book of Talent"

""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"
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"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"

Advance praise for "The Little Book of Talent"
"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"
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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""

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52 ingenious rules for being better at whatever you turn your hand to.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094I069O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
For more than 20 years, Anders Ericsson and his associates at Florida State University have conducted research on peak performance. The results thus far have been discussed in dozens of books and articles, including Daniel Coyle's earlier book, The Talent Code, as well as Geoff Colvin's Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success.

In The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle gratefully acknowledges the importance of Ericsson's research, agreeing with Colvin and Gladwell that greatness isn't born; rather, it is developed by a combination of luck (i.e. being "given" opportunities); ignition (i.e. self-motivation activated by one or more "primal cues"), what Coyle calls "deep practice" (i.e. 10, 000 hours of focused and disciplined repetition, requiring an energetic and passionate commitment), and master coaching provided by "talent whisperers" who "possess vast, deep frameworks of knowledge, which they apply to the steady, incremental work of growing skill circuits, which they ultimately don't control."

In his latest book, Coyle focuses on myerlin in the Appendix, as he did in The Talent Code when observing, "We are myelin beings" and adding, "it's time to rewrite the maxim that practice makes perfect. The truth is, practice makes myelin, and myelin makes perfect. And myerlin operates by a few fundamental principles" that explain where extraordinary talent (defined as "the possession of repeatable skills that don't depend on physical size") comes from and how it can be developed.

According to Dr. George Bartzokis, professor of neurology at U.C.L.A., myerlin is "the key to talking, reading, learning skills, being human.
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This is the second book by Dan Coyle that I've bought and read. The Talent Code was great, but sadly I'm not so keen on The Little Book of Talent.

What made the first book work, for me, was the inclusion of some science. Although he didn't give actual references (which would have been helpful) he usually gave enough clues for them to be found and described the relevant studies.

In the new book he has cut back on even this little bit of science and fallen back on pop psychology too often.

So, although he provided several interesting ideas that I think I'll try out, there were lots of others that don't seem to make much sense, and the frequent references to brain science were not persuasive at all. Because Dan doesn't provide references it will be hard to check the details of claims he makes about ideas being based on research. That's time wasting and a bit frustrating.

So, sorry, but only three stars this time.
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I had become interested in the idea that the concepts of being talented or a prodigy are overrated, and that instead we should consider the value of focussed practice. I did not want an academic work that referred to source material, but rather a concise book of hints and tips to help me improve my skills at a pastime. This book fits the bill and is full of interesting ideas, albeit inevitably some are more relevant to any specific activity than others.
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I read The Talent Code buy Daniel Coyle and recommended it to one of my clients who then purchased this 'follow up'. Both are as excellent as one another and a great tool for teachers. I highly recommend both.
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A superb book. Very similar to the Talent Code but full of outstanding advice for teachers, pupils, musicians, sportspeople, in fact virtually anyone.

Highly recommended
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An enjoyable read, however woefully short. I read it in about an hour. It does contain some great nuggets of information, just would have liked a bit more flesh on the bone.
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By Vic O on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
I wanted to find out what the modern methods of training are.
The book explains the reasons how the newest methods of training and instruction to trainees works.
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I previously got the Talent Code and liked it so much I decided to buy this. I was not disappointed. The points are short and simple to understand. If you want to develop any talent or teach anyone something, you wont regret spending a few quid on this book!
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