The Secret to Building Talent

I’ve spent the last few weeks intensively reading two fascinating books, The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent, both written by Daniel Coyle. In these two books, Daniel discusses how talent is actually formed. Not by a combination of natural born gift and hard work, as many believe, but instead through systematic growth through a process that includes deep practice, ignition (his way of citing inspiration), and coaching.

I loved these books for two reasons. First of all, the research Daniel Coyle has done, reinforces my worker bee mentality, backing up my belief that you don’t have to start at the top to get to the top. And second of all, because he lays out deep practice in such a specific way, especially in The Little Book of Talent that it makes it possible for me to maximize my practice time when working on any skill – from recovering from my knee injury to becoming a better singer and performer.

If you haven’t yet read these books, I highly recommend that you check them out. I know that I’m going to be reading them again and again for some time to come.

Want to find out more about what these books are about? Check out Daniel Coyle’s TED Talk below:

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