News from Automobile U- The Talent Code


For those who don’t know Automobile U is Zig Ziglars term for audio learning in the car. I’ve become a big audio book guy.

I have to admit I started to read Talent Code and didn’t like it. I think all the stuff in the beginning about “building myelin” is just BS. However, don’t let it stop you like it stopped me initially. All the “myelin” stuff aside, there are some great tips for coaches and for parents. I particularly liked the chapter on John Wooden’s methods. Listening to this vs. reading really changed this book for me.

I also loved the chapter on the KIPP program. I got lots of great ideas for myself and for my coaches. This quote alone made the book worth it.

Education is not the filling of a pail but, the lighting of a fire

WB Yeats

This is a great one to add to your library along with Talent is Overrated and Outliers.

9 Responses to “News from Automobile U- The Talent Code”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    You’ll like Genius in All of Us better.

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  2. I am loving the audio book. Deep practice. I like how myelin is incorporated throughout it, and the parts I am feeling most connected to is the intrinsic motivation and how it relates to our upbringing. I love the concept about how a simple encouragement and recognition of an accomplishment (no matter how small) at a young age (or even at an older age) can bring out that intrinsic motivation, even if it starts extrinsically. The two merge together to produce the best results.

  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    Aaaron/ Max- I just think the concept is about practice. It will be like me writing a plyo article and having all the initial focus on the nervous system and hype up “building fast twitch nerves”. I just think it is unneccesary hype designed to position a reallly good book once you get tpast the hype. I actually did put it down a year ago after about 5 pages.

  4. Max Prokopy Says:

    I prefer Coyle’s work and actually value the time he spend on myelination. As a long-time science geek I’ve known about this for some time but think it’s absolutely vital to the recommendation for deep practice. He’s also on to the fact that this field is a bit like fascial research: in its infancy but with boundless promise.

    This also fills in gaps for some as to why some athletes can’t do a decent lunge or pivot until you get a ball in front of them. Some early specializers have circuits so ingrained that the case for solid, basic weight training goes through the roof.

    I didn’t see Colvin’s work as being nearly as well-written. Questions are asked, partly answered, redirected to ensuing chapters, skipped around, etc. Talent Code is much more succinct. JMHO but all 3 books will provide something for everyone.

  5. Coach Boyle,

    What about the myelin building do you think is BS?

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    I really liked the “wooden” idea of right-wrong-right and the idea of keeping coaching to 10 sec. bursts.

  7. Having listened to the audio book as well, I particularly liked how Coyle discussed “Deep Practice”. Particularly when Coyle discussed ‘chunking’, it made me think to how we teach movements, exercises, progressions (or even basic pedagogy). It was just a momentarily Ah-Hah moment when you hear other examples of chunking used outside of typical exercise progressions.

  8. Kevin Carr Says:

    I just read Outliers and Talent is Overrated i’ll have to read this one next.

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