The Little Book of Talent

  • by Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 1 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.
Supported by cutting-edge science and the wisdom of some of the world’s leading trainers from a variety of fields, The Little Book of Talent explains how to make the most progress in the least amount of time by using techniques that play into the way our brains are wired to learn. It’s an indispensible handbook that every coach, teacher, manager, athlete, musician, and student will want to own.

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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 and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.” (Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence)

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Even a bad golfer can benefit from this book

I had first heard of Daniel Coyle on a podcast discussing his other book "The Talent Code." While researching that I stumbled upon this book, and boy did it help me.

Here's my story: I've been trying to improve on my golf game within the past year, and became progressively worse after a period of time. My frustration almost led me to quit all together. Then I listened to this book. Yes, I know how that sounds, but I must say it's true.

The book taught me what exactly "deep" practice was, and how to gain improvement within each session, no matter how small the amount. This made me think about what my own practice habits to acquire a new skill consisted of, and how I was doing it completely wrong. I was hitting as many balls as I could within an hour on the range, and not really correcting or concentrating on my mistakes. (One of the many things I'd been doing wrong)

So I started taking the advice of the book and focusing on the quality of my practice, rather than the quantity. Each mistake I made, I immediately didn't hit another ball, instead, I analyzed the mistake and swung extremely slow, essentially not even hitting the ball. A few weeks later, I was vastly improving each time I hit the range to practice. This was so relieving to me b/c I went months with little to no improvement, actually going backwards at times.

Although I did benefit from this book, I will say that utilizing some of the techniques and sticking with them requires determination and yes, HARD WORK. However, if you listen (read) intently to this book, and figure out how to apply it to the skill (mine being golf) that you're desiring to learn, then you will improve too.

I'm convinced now that talent really is overrated in some aspects. An "expert" in any field has to put in vast amounts of practice, almost to the point of being obsessed. (See the 10,000 hour rule.) While some people may have better hand/eye coordination etc., overall, becoming proficient at anything requires work. This book will teach you how to get the most out of the work you put into a new skill. Now all you (the listener/reader) have to do is ask yourself this question....HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
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- Patrick "Et tu, Brute?"

Suitable for coaches and people doing sports

What did you like best about The Little Book of Talent? What did you like least?

I was hoping for more tips related to so called "soft skills". This book would have been more useful to me, had I been either a musician or an athlete.


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- clara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books