New York Times best-selling author explores cutting-edge brain science to learn where talent comes from, how it grows, and how we can make ourselves smarter.
How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top 20 women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance? Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil?
Where does talent come from, and how does it grow?
New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition - in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math - that can be successfully applied through a person's entire lifespan.
A must read for all student, parents, teachers, and coaches
I really wish I had read this book when I was younger in my high school years. Looking back in time, it all makes sense why some people were so successful and why some were not. I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though, some of the notions in the book may seem obvious, it is great to know it is backed by so many studies. The analysis of the case studies were very interesting and a joy to read. The point of the book may be easy and simple enough to be summarized in a page or two, yet one should read it all to fully grasp those simple notions.