Saturday, August 25, 2012

Your "Talent Guide"

August 2012 Book Review

The Little Book of Talent

52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

Daniel Coyle

Daniel Coyle didn’t disappoint in his follow-up to his best selling Talent Code.  He expands on the roots of talent laid out in Talent Code and outlines the tricks to honing your own skills after years of research and observation.  This book is your pocket guide to helping improve someone else’s or your own skills.  He gives great examples throughout the book and gives simple and direct tips on skill refinement, deep practice, motivation, engagement, and coaching.  If you have any talents or skills, you’ll likely find a number of tips that you already perform to generate the level of skills you’ve developed.  In these instances, his research helps explain why certain activities work so well.  This is a great book for anyone with desires to improve their skills/talents or anyone in a position to help others improve theirs.

Here are some of the strongest passages from the book:

“Small actions, repeated over time, transform us.”

“It’s about working hard, and working smart.”

“being willing to risk the emotional pain of making mistakes – is absolutely essential, because reaching, failing and reaching again is the way your brain grows and forms new connections."

“When given the choice between luxurious and spartan, choose spartan.”

“If you have early success, do your best to ignore the praise and keep pushing yourself to the edges of your ability, where improvement happens.”

"the real goal isn’t practice; it’s progress.  As John Wooden put it, “Never mistake mere activity for accomplishment.””

“Take mistakes seriously, but never personally.”

“Repetition is the single most powerful lever we have to improve skills, because it uses the built-in mechanism for making the wires of our brains faster and more accurate.”

“when you communicate a skill to someone, you come to understand it more deeply yourself.  The saying “Those who can’t do teach” should be rewritten as “Doers who teach do better.””

The Fightin' Analyst Book Rating:

out of five stars