Author: Daniel Coyle
|The Talent Code (2009) is your scientific guide to creating skills and honing them towards perfection. It explores how coaching, practice, and motivation can lead you towards great success.|
Talent is not inherent. It is something that you can work on. How good is that to know because this thought places all the humans in one rank. You forget about the differences that can unwillingly put you two steps behind someone just because they are rich or exploiting opportunities. You might not be able to control your genes or environment but you are able to develop skills and practice them to perfection.
The three parts that Daniel Coyle has described in his book after extensive research are deep practice, ignition, and coaching. In the Talent Code summary, you will learn everything about developing new skills and leading your existing ones to perfection.
Making mistakes will lead to the production of stronger neurocognitive connections. Ignition and motivation will keep you going even when you will be drained and coaching will help you in keeping your progress in check.
The Talent Code Key Points
Practice over Genes
For years we have heard that some random person succeeded because he ‘had it in his genes’ or he was ‘born with it.’ This perspective was further propagated by the talent hunt shows like The X factor, Britain’s got talent, or American Idol that are on our tv screens. When they displayed headlines like: ‘Six-year-old boy from Manhattan galvanized the judges with his pure talent!’ the rest of us were indirectly put into the impression that we were not born with whatever it takes to be successful like them.
Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code book and the research he has conducted show that this perspective and mentality are not particularly true. You can neurologically train yourself so that you can learn any skill to the best level. In the following key points, you will learn how you can become a full-on talent. So keep on reading!
More Myelin Around Neural Pathway Means Greater Ability to Cultivate Skills
I am going to put this in simple words for you. Our muscles work because they receive certain messages from our brains. If the brain does not send a message the muscle will not move. So how do these messages travel from one point i.e. our brain to the other point i.e. the muscle? Through neurons. Now myelin covers these neurons and acts as a shield but it also determines how easily messages can flow. Just like a bigger road offers more mobility thicker myelin ensures greater ability to control our actions and thoughts.
In this way, if you have thicker myelin you have the chance to be more excellent in a particular skill because skills rely on how strong precise, and quick our functions work.
So How Do We Stimulate Myelin Growth? Make Mistakes!
Through mistakes! When you will practise something messages will transfer through neurons and when nerves will get fired myelin will grow. So when you keep trying to do something over and over again you are stimulating the production of a thicker membrane. The key aspect here is not just trying to do the thing right once and leave it. To perfect it you will need to make mistakes. If you are repeatedly doing something in the same way without making mistakes you are just using the existing circuits. To make new ones, you try new ways, make mistakes and then fix them. This is what Daniel Coyle calls “deep practice.”
So keep on practicing whatever you are trying to achieve and make mistakes with an open heart! Practice will lead you to perfection. Take it from the words of Jascha Heifetz: ‘If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.’
Practise, Motivation, and Coaching
Practice in ways that promote myelin production. As we already discussed, practice while making mistakes, and do not be afraid of trying new methodologies.
The second is motivation or ignition. To sit steadily and spend hours on one thing requires motivation. You cannot be uninspired and uninterested and still have the ability to practice for hours in the right way. Mistakes are bound to make you frustrated but motivation will keep you going. So know what ignites that spark within you. Why do you want to learn that skill so badly? Who or what is your inspiration.
The third is coaching. Sometimes you will not be enough to keep yourself on track. A coach can help you in keeping both your deep practice and ignition in check. He will help you to access your weaknesses or fallbacks. With the help of these three key ingredients, you will be able to brew skills, talent, and eventually success.
The Talent Code Quotes
“Although talent feels and looks predestined we, in fact, have a good deal of control over what skills we develop, and we have more potential than we might ever presume to guess.” –Daniel Coyle
“To sum up: it’s time to rewrite the maxim that practice makes perfect. The truth is, practice makes myelin, and myelin makes perfect.” –Daniel Coyle
The Talent Code Book; A General Review
The Talent Code is an excellent book for those who are afraid of going through trials to get what they want. It should also be read by coaches and parents so that they encourage others to make mistakes instead of instilling the fear that mistakes mean permanent failure. This book will provide you with the core scientific evidence you need in order to train yourself neurologically to perfection.
To Whom I Would Recommend The Talent Code
- To the sixteen-year-old who is trying to hone and develop athletic skills for college.
- Artists and athletes who have an upcoming event or competition, they are training for.
- And to anyone who believes in ‘nature and nurtures’ moto of success.