The Talent Code

The Talent Code Summary

What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.

Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.

• Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.

• Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.

• Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.

These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.

Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.

Book Reviews


Solid3 star

Good read.35

Peter Mancini

Talent code5 star

If feels good and appreciated to see that we can teach and learn through deep practice55


Good read5 star

I really liked this book. Is not going to be life changing but it will teach you something about talent. I think now that I understand how it actually works I can go and continue training knowing each day I will get better. I like the author but I believe I learned everything I needed to from him in this book. Thank you for this book and your time for researching this sir. It has helped me a lot!55

Bo Atlanta

Experienced Reader1 star

Simply a collection of views. Some are right, but mostly False. Daniel Coyle goes to some Russian tennis school and jumps to a conclusion that to be a great tennis player, you have to be in that school. Really? In tennis, a more athletic individual is set to win, particularly in women’s tennis. Williams or Sharapova are just bigger girls on the court. Nothing to do with myelin!15

Storm Hockey, Inc.

A Must Read if You Have Any Drive to Succeed in Life5 star

You don’t really understand why some people succeed and what makes them successful until you gain the insights from this book.55

Tough cake

Good Read4 star

Good insight on different ways of learning.45


It's a decent read4 star

It's very abstract which makes it easy to understand.45


Powerful BCS5 star

Havent read it but this mind sharpening book is recommended by the powerful Bryan Callen. Very intelligent, side splitting funny man who has travelled the world and read almost as much as the even more powerful Hunter Maats, Harvard master.55


Paradigm Shift5 star

An eye opening book. Started out on a quest to unlock the mystery of the golf swing and got a real awakening on so much more.55


Interesting read4 star

The book was an interesting and compelling read. Lots of insights into modern thinking towards development of perkingie cells and myelination. The scientific evidence behind the logic and reasoning is intriguing, but lacks a strong foundation and any counterpoints (though that is to be expected as it is a novel and not a scientific journal). Overall a fun read!45

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