Monday, August 27, 2012

The Little Book of Talent - Little Book, Lots of Ideas

Lately I’ve been looking for ways to make my practice time more effective.  This led me to The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle. 

When you want to work hard at a task sometimes little bits of advice from a coach or mentor can nudge you slightly one way or another and end up having a dramatic impact on your abilities.  The Little Book of Talent contains many such tips - simple, concise notions that can change your way of thinking for the better.  Like cliff notes for developing talent, each tip is limited to a couple pages so you don’t have to cut through a bunch of fat to get to the meat.  The point is right there.  You can immediately reconcile it to your needs and put it into action.

Coyle has a way of explaining things in a straight-forward manner which allows you to visualize the directive, making it easier to understand and remember.  Nothing he mentions is very complex or hard to grasp, but it’s often explained in a way you may not have thought of on your own.  His concepts are designed to be general so they can be applied to persons of all ages, skill levels, and areas of study (sports, business, the arts, et cetera).  I view the tips from the perspective of a novice/intermediate musician.  A golfer could read the same instructions and take something else away.  So could a salesman, doctor, and so on.

After years of looking for shortcuts to learning music, I’ve realized that there are no shortcuts.  (In fact, time spent looking for shortcuts can actually take you away from your ultimate goal, which is progress).  That still applies here.  The ideas in The Little Book of Talent are not meant to be shortcuts to success, but simple tools that can shift your perception ever so slightly to put you on the path toward success, if you are willing to work for it!  Get this book if you want to get better.

The Little Book of Talent is available on Amazon.

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