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You could be great

Develop your talent with sustained practice

By Beverly Meyer

The Free Lance-Star

FOR ANYONE not satisfied with being just ordinary, “The Little Book of Talent” is a prescription for developing and growing your talent in just about any area.

It takes practice, though.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Using that theory as a baseline, Daniel Coyle’s concise, hardcover volume seeks to retrain us to practice for maximum results by using our minds as an ignition for constructive energy. His 52 tips have enticing labels: “Stare at who you want to become”; “Be willing to be stupid”; “Take off your watch”; “Think in images.”

The book is divided into three sections. The first deals with getting started— getting motivated and identifying desired skills. Next, it’s time to learn Coyle’s techniques for making the most progress in the least amount of time. Finally, there are tips on sustaining that progress beyond plateaus and staying motivated.

We all have talents. Figuring out how to mine them is what this little book is all about.

Beverly Meyer is a copy editor at The Free Lance–Star.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF TALENT

By Daniel Coyle

(Bantam, $18, 122 pp.)

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