Book Review: The Talent Code

The Truth Behind Talent

Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code (2009) is a book about learning. Coyle explains what happens in our brain whenever we practice a skill. He takes his time to explain to his readers the processes the brain goes through whenever we perfect a skill. He studied world-class performers, athletes and bank robbers to understand and duplicate how to be as good as they are.


I loved this book. The ideas it discusses are applicable to anyone who wants to become the best in the world at something. The principles Coyle explains can be useful for parents, coaches and even someone not in the educational field. This instructs the reader as to what to do to prime an environment in which a child can become a world-class athlete. Some of the principals I was familiar with, not because I am a scientist, but because I learned them on my own.

Practice Does Makes Perfect

There is no substitute for hard work. I am a bassist and I understand the benefits of dedication and hard work. This book talks about many levels a person goes through when they’re learning a skill. At the beginning we are all terrible. But it doesn’t mean we’re going to suck for the rest of our days. If we continue to practice the right thing, we will get better. Our brain will deliver to use what we are looking for; our skill level will increase and eventually we will be better than when we started. Coyle does a fantastic job at breaking down every component to become world-class at something.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book to anyone. But I think parents will get the most benefit out of it. If you’re a parent and you’re wondering how far to push your child toward a skill, this is the book for you. It will give you a basic platform from where you can strategize how to influence your child toward greatness.

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