That is the question that the new book by Daniel Coyle, entitled The Talent Code aims to answer. I downloaded the book from Audible yesterday and the first chapter is already fascinating.
The main study of the book is based on a road trip he took to what he calls “talent hotbeds”, places where great talent has been produced out of proportion to their size and perceived stature; for example, a music school in Dallas, a Russian tennis club, a soccer field in Brazil, and others.
The first chapter starts out with a researcher studying a short film of a young girl trying to learn the clarinet. She makes mistake after mistake, but does a couple of things really well. The researcher finds in the end that the girl was able to learn the instrument over 10 times faster than the average person and she didn’t even know she was doing anything different.
Can you imagine learning something new in one tenth the time?
Can you imagine what this means for test taking, creating new products, and getting up to speed on a new business?
Can you imagine the time savings and monetary rewards?
I can’t wait to finish up this title. It’s as fascinating as Outliers from Malcolm Gladwell and the conclusions may be life changing.
Stay tuned for a full review…