How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor
court create more top twenty 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
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.
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