Five on Fifteen, 5 on 15, Talent Code, Daniel Coyle, Mark Champion

Five on Fifteen: The Talent Code

Happy Tax Day America! Here is my monthly book review project, Five on Fifteen. For this FoF, I will be reviewing a book that I wish I had 18 years ago! To break the code of what makes an athlete or a performer or a genius…I have found a wonderful resource that was given to me by one of my youth soccer players at my retirement party…

If you are a parent trying to help your child find the secret he/she needs to make a difference, you may enjoy this.

If you are someone trying to learn a new language for your trip to an exotic location…this book could help you get there more efficiently.

If you are a teacher who is trying to find links to help your students succeed at higher levels, this may be a resource for you.

If you are a coach of anyone for anything, you need to read this book. Period.

The book I am reviewing this month is The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle. This is a great resource! I will highlight 5 things that I took away that will hopefully wet your appetite.

Number 1: Three Elements

There are three elements Daniel Coyle brings to light that are vital to helping the next generation. Even if you are trying to master or conquer something yourself, this will be a big help to get you moving in the right direction. Here are the three elements. Deep Practice. Ignition. Master Coaching. Daniel Coyle goes into each one and what each can look like in different scenarios.

Number 2: Brazilian Soccer

One of the more interesting connections for me is Coyle’s study of Brazilian Soccer. I have been studying that superficially for a while! To get some inside info…was awesome!

There is a man named Dr. Emilio Miranda who is professor of soccer at the University of São Paolo. His insight through the game of Futsal has brought him to this conclusion: “No time plus no space equals better skills.”

As a coach, if I wanted to develop better skills, I reduced the time and space players had to use. Coyle uses the example of Futsal (Futsal is a game of soccer played on somewhat of a basketball court, 5 v 5) and how it impacts an athlete’s Deep Practice.

For any skill trying to be developed, perhaps we should reduce time and space to help us advance those skills in our own lives. The pressure cooker may not be a bad thing…

Number 3: Defining Skill

You and I have been given something that all people have been given. Some of us repeat things over and over. There’s something to it. Coyle defines skill as this:

Skill is myelin insulation that wraps neural circuits and that grows according to certain signals.

This is a concept that Coyle proves over and over throughout the book. He gives valuable insight to the physiology of myelin. A very fascinating study. One worth digging into for sure.

Coyle states that no longer does practice make perfect. That isn’t quite true. Practice makes myelin. And myelin makes perfect. Learning more about the “deep practice cell” that is myelin, is well worth the $15 or so dollars it takes to buy this book.

Number 4: The Myelin Production Factory

I’ll let Daniel Coyle bring this idea in to focus:

We’re all familiar with the adage that practice is the best teacher. Myelin casts the truth of this old saying in a new light. There is, biologically speaking, no substitute for attentive repetition. Nothing you can do – talking, thinking, reading, imagining – is more effective in building skill than executing the action, firing the impulse down the nerve fiber, fixing errors, honing the circuit.

Action is the factory. That is were skill is produced. For me, it is a reminder to step out and go after a goal. Don’t just talk about it, read books about it, or have positive thoughts about it. Recently I went through a Goal Setting Workshop and walked you all along through some of my story. The goals and ideas are good. Putting a Massive Action Plan together and then acting on the plan is what actually begins to build the myelin up.

Number 5: Flip the Trigger

It is important to have inspiration or motivation. Something to flip the trigger that will allow someone to see that what they are pursuing is possible. We can’t just say that we want something, a goal or whatever. It’s so important that we connect our desires to the journey today that will take us to our goals.

Over 60 years ago, a guy named Roger Bannister became an icon. He is “the guy” who flipped the trigger for many runners. Until him, it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes. Then this happened:

With this run, it opened up what was possible to others. The four minute mile began to be reached by people all across the world. It’s amazing to think that one person’s actions trigger a worldwide movement.

But of course, that happens all the time…right?

Find your trigger! Flip it!

There’s much more in the book like Ignition and Master Coaching that provide small, intense corrections. But I’ll let you read about that yourself!

Here is a teaser that ABC’s Nightline did on the book in 2009.

Click on this link quick link if you want to grab The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.

Or go to My Store page to look at this book and others that are part of the Five on Fifteen Book Reviews.

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