Talent code

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Jan 31, 2013   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

Debunking a myth of "talent"

Full title: The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

As opposed to “Talent is overrated”, this book covered topics touching scientific parts of talent, like myelin presence, meaning, production and others.

Melanin is related with neuron training and communication, leading to better structure of human brain.

Here too information about not really recognizing something like “talent” has been confirmed.

Interestingly author shows examples of top performers, who asked about the practice revealed, there there’s absolutely no unique or extraordinary secret about they. Some of them were unable to identify anything special about their practice.

Funnily, well performing sportsman very often don’t spend much time on actual practice in a common sense. Football players do not spend hours and hours on the field. When they actually apply is “effective practice”

Effective practice means growing and expanding now only actual target skill, but also knowledge and “comfort zone” in their field.

Thus young tennis players when tested, turned out to play only several hours per week, but were caught watching tennis matches over and over on their VHS.

Important concept of pushing your experience further was explained. This felt like an analogy of JoJo Mayer instructional DVD on snare drum technique: you’re supposed to practice only rudiments which you’re not yet perfect at.

Deep practice is exemplified by comparing the results out of the interviews with beginners and advanced musical instrument players. Beginners described they perception of the practice as a nice, positive experience. Advanced guys however drawn a practice room as a Hell with a Devil himself inviting them to it, and the act of practice as a punishment.

Digging further had shown advanced people understood practice is about learning new stuff and making mistakes first, and gradually fixing them later.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me