I picked up The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle because I liked his previous book, The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else.  Like that one, Coyle’s Little Book of Talent was long on information and short on hype – just like I like.

Coyle breaks down 52 steps to actually making improvement. He doesn’t fill the book with philosophy. He doesn’t restate things over and over. He doesn’t idealize or romanticize the work. It takes work to improve a skill and Coyle just attacks things that increase your chance of success.

His no-nonsense approach makes this book a fast read, but if you only skim, you will miss things. Yes, it keeps you reading, but it is in the rereading (and following through) that improvement happens. This is a good one to add to your collection.

by Chris Doelle