The Talent Code — Daniel Coyle
This book is an interesting combination of cutting-edge brain science and psychology. The Talent Code examines hotbeds of talent around the world to figure out how they create so many skilled people. The author investigates highly successful places like a Russian tennis camp, Brazilian soccer clubs, outperforming academic programs, the Z-Boys skateboarders, and a prestigious music school, among others. The book investigates similar patterns in how people become skilled at what they do, and builds up a scientific theory on how the brain learns a new skill and becomes better at it. The book is broken down into 3 factors that encourage skill development:
- Deep practice — how to acquire skill by building the most myelin.
- Ignition — what motivates deep practice and what the author calls “primal cues.”
- Master coaching — how teachers encourage deep practice and ignition.