Book review! I choose to read books that can be transferable to CrossFit and fitness. Whether it is about mind set, technique or health, I always try to find ways to apply what I read to training.
The Talent Code By Daniel Coyle
A plethora of individuals who excel at their discipline by repeating the same movements incessantly. The Talent Code is a long list of successful examples of that kind interspersed with a simplified scientific explanation of myelin; a substance in the body which can be found in what most consider talents, prodigies or geniuses yet one which Daniel Coyle defines as "just" hard working people.
Upon reaching the end of the book, what I take away is the fact that practice associated with failure inevitably leads to greatness. Coyle in my opinion doesn't reveal much here, except for the rambling on myelin and the diversity of examples supporting his argument.
While turning the pages, I wondered if exceptions to the rule exist, if anyone worked incessantly without getting the desired result of winning or excelling. Surely the magic formula of practice and repetition must have some flaws, otherwise wouldn’t it mean that one has not worked hard enough? How can we measure work capacity in this instance?
I appreciate the message of the book emphasizing absolute dedication and ruling out talent but I find the "code" too elementary.
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