The Talent Code – developing skill and acquiring mastery

The Talent Code – developing skill and acquiring mastery

Recently we heard about some absolutely fascinating longitudinal studies regarding performance and achievement on the ‘Beers with Chad’ podcast, run by international powerlifting coach and powerlifter Chad Wesley-Smith.

The studies are in the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, that Chad talks about from 3:26 into this podcast recording. The book looks at the habits and practices of successful people, from musicians to tennis players and everything in between.

Lessons that Chad goes through in this podcast:

  1. The effect of buy-in
  2. How experts practice
  3. Effective cuing

Chad applies these lessons to athletes, especially powerlifters, but the teachings are relevant in other sports, music, business and education too. Have a watch and see what you think:

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