The Little Book of Talent, Paperback Book

The Little Book of Talent Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Don't fall for the prodigy myth. Take off your watch. Embrace struggle. Take a nap. To learn it more deeply, teach it. "The Little Book of Talent" is packed full of 52 simple, practical, proven tips that will help improve any skill.

Whether you want a better singing voice, a more powerful golf swing or success in the business world, "The Little Book of Talent's" method will help you realise your potential.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9781847946799

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Perhaps it is not fair to Coyle to bring up Malcolm Gladwell in the first sentence of a review of this book. After all, The Little Book of Talent doesn't aspire to summarize and assimilate a wide range of social science research. His aims are more modest: provide the reader with the useful nuggets, just the conclusions from observations about how to get the most out of one's attempts to develop a skill. For the reader seeking such suggestions, surely there is something here. For a comprehensive account of the cultivation of human potential, one will look elsewhere.

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I was unimpressed by this book. While it is interesting that these author visited these "talent hotbeds" and observed young talent being trained. I got the impression from the book that he then went about writing this book just based on his observations. There is a lot of scientific research on skill development, motor learning, and sport psychology. At times the author documents some scientific studies for his tips. Such as tip #30 Take a Nap he mentions research at the University of California Berkley that supports his tip. However, many other tips such as Tip #14, take off your watch come with no evidence to back it up. I would have liked this book to be supported more by some of the research that is going on.

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This "little" book packs a big wallop for anyone who is intent on improving their skills and interests. Each of the 52 tips can be is easily 'digestible' and can be immediately put into practice to help the reader reach his goal. While many tips draw from athletic experience, they are applicable to skills and goals of all sorts. A very good resource to keep on the shelf and draw upon frequently.

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There seems to be no lack of self-help/improvement books lately; all promising to set you on the road to betterment and success. Yet, when you come right down to it, all of them contain the old saw of 'practice makes perfect'. This cliche is actually based on a physiological fact where every time a skill or thought process is repeated the brain cells/nerve pathways involved are strengthened due an increase in a substance called myelin. The more myelin a nerve cell is encased in the bigger/faster/stronger the nerve impulse becomes (and so also the skill being performed). So now the question becomes - how best to lay down this all important myelin.Enter Daniel Coyle and The Little Book of Talent. Based on a previous book of his - The Talent Code - The Little Book is a distillatiion of 52 tips that are best practices for laying down myelin and increasing talent/skill. Coyle collected these ideas by going to experts in learning - top teachers, coaches, and neuroscientists - and then breaking down their methods into easy to manage information bites. The book is divided into three sections: 1)getting started, 2)improving skills, and 3)sustaining progess and Coyle carefully builds through each section. While the book did not specifically recommend this, the fact that the tips are 52 in number suggests that this could be a year long program of weekly ideas/practices. The information is not complex but it does require sustained effort.This is an excellent book for any teacher, coach, or parent. I found the tips to be insightful and brilliant in their simplicity. But please don't mistake simple for easy - if you do these tips properly they are HARD WORK. The book reads well and the examples used highlight and motivate. There is a glossary in the beginning that explains key concepts before you get into the meat of the book and a suggestion list for further reading at the end. There are no citations or notations of where the tip came from or what research supports which idea but as this is more a 'pedal to the metal' type book this lack is not necessarily a hinderance. I liked and enjoyed the book; so much so that I have since purchased The Talent Code and intend on reading it also. Highly recommended.

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