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Dan Coyle on the Neuroscience of Talent

daniel_coyleAs part of our celebration of 300 episodes of the Great Work Podcast, I’m revisiting a handful of conversations that feature astute insights and actionable takeaways. I spoke to Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born; It’s Grown; Here’s How, back in 2011. (If you haven’t read this book, you might want to pick up a copy. In it, Dan provides very specific ways that each of us can deepen our own level of talent — and with that, our success.)

Since then, as the global talent war heats up and phrases like “the gig economy” emerge, learning and talent development have never been so relevant.

Please share your favourite bit from this podcast for your chance to receive a gift from me. To participate in our 300th-episode celebration, either comment below or tweet me @BoxofCrayons with the hashtag #GWP300. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be randomly selecting 10 participants and sending them a coupon for a free ebook version of The Coaching Habit.

In our interview we talk about:

  • The neuroscience of talent, and why the secret lies in insulation.
  • What deep practice is, and how it’s so different from the practice most of us do.
  • How “ignition” is the engine that drives deep practice, and where you find the spark.
  • Secrets of the master coaches.

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