A “Superhuman” Book Review by: C2
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As you can tell by my profile, your boy loves to read. Something about turning a few pages with some java gets me going. I understand there is a weird vibe to reading sometimes. “I just dont like to read man, it’s not for me…” I have heard this a lot and I used to be that guy. NOT ANYMORE. And if you take a step out of your comfort zone, assuming you are THAT guy, and mix in a book or two from the site, I promise you’ll feel more superhuman than before. Reading is power right?
Without further ado, my first in a 3-part series of a book everyone can get something out of, “The Little book of Talent” by Daniel Coyle. This book basically does a quick job of debunking that things have to come easy to you. It challenges the reader to love the suck and embrace failure, because no one has inherent ability. He lays out the best way to practice and to know when you are getting better. You have to go get that glory. Split up in three sections, this book is a one day read with infinite amounts of information to aid your personal goals/journey. I will tackle one section at a time to keep it manageable due to the amounts of nuggets in this piece.
SECTION ONE: GETTING STARTED
So where do I start? The first section has three huge points that I think work well for what we do. 1) Don’t be afraid to look stupid. 2) Get Spartan with it. 3) Work to maintain “Hard Skills”
Coyle says to not fear to look stupid. You have got to bear that emotional hit of “looking dumb” because failing is a great guidepost for physical improvement. Failing/Looking dumb means you are pushing those limits! So change the way you view failure! Encourage yourself to reach and view mistakes as information to do it correct rather than a verdict of failure…
Get Spartan. This concept is a pretty cool one and I think has a lot of merit to the mantra of “being comfortable when uncomfortable.” He basically says to train and work on things constantly out of your comfort zone. Being comfortable just screams to your subconscious “Hey we are good dude, relax, you have made it!” When is the last time you were seriously uncomfortable? “Man I can’t lift, they dont have A/C!” #oppoSpartan
He ends the first section by defining Hard Skills as a skill that requires precision and repeatability (pitching/hitting anyone?). The best at their sports resist that temptation to make things hard and work hard on the core of their skill, maintaining that unbreakable baseline skillset.
So, with that will wet the appetite on this unreal book. Coyle gets into the meat of what it takes to learn and become the best at your craft in the next two sections, Improving Skill and Sustaining Growth. So stay tuned Cup Checkers and don’t be afraid to go grab a book and turn some pages!