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So Pumped to share “The Talent Code” with you!
I am excited to share with you one of the better books I have read on skill development and how to do it more effectively. It is Daniel Coyle’s book The Talent Code and it delves into how exceptional skill is cultivated. Coyle combines neurological science with first hand experience and research gathered in “talent hotbeds” of the world, to reveal the true dynamics of how skill acquisition works. I highly recommend this read to anyone, but especially anyone who coaches.
The book is broken into three parts: deep practice, ignition, and master coaching. In the next three days I am going to go over the 3 rules of deep practice that Coyle identifies. These give great insight into how to be a better coach in any area.
But what is deep practice?
“Deep Practice is built on a paradox: struggling in certain targeted ways –operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes –makes you smarter. Or to put it a slightly different way, experiences where you are forced to slow down, make errors, and correct them –as you would if you were walking up an ice covered hill, slipping and stumbling as you go –end up making you swift and graceful without you realizing it.” –The Talent Code
It is this deep practice that creates the neurological response to most effectively and efficiently build skill.
It is also a great argument as to why baseball is one of the best teachers of life. It is a game of failure and that failure serves as life’s greatest teacher…no longer just in cliché terms, but backed by neuroscience. To progress, to grow, to expand, you must operate on the edge of you ability. You must push the edge and encounter failure, because that failure will become your direct signpost to success.
With baseball we have always preached that if you are going to make a mistake, make it aggressively…by challenging your players to push their edge, to test how far they can go, you are creating an environment that fosters deep practice. Embrace failures and mistakes, then use them to help players engage in deep practice.
“This book is about a simple idea: the talent hotbeds are doing the same thing. They have tapped into the neurological mechanism in which certain patterns of targeted practice build skill. Without realizing it they have entered into a zone of accelerated learning that can be accessed by those who know how. In short, they have cracked the talent code.”
Covering the three rules of deep practice will go a long way in helping you gain a better understanding of how to crack the talent code.
Can’t wait to touch base with you tomorrow about rule #1 and how you can apply it to your baseball practice.
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