Steps to Create Success

The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

“From the time we're small, we hear this good advice from our parents and teachers: Take it a little bit at a time.  This advice works because it accurately reflects the way our brains learn.  Every skill is built out of smaller pieces-what scientists call chunks. 

Chunks are to skill what letters of the alphabet are to language.  Alone, each is nearly useless, but when combined into bigger chunks (words), and when those chunks are combined into still bigger things (sentences, paragraphs), they can build something complex and beautiful.”

To begin, ask yourself:

1) What is the smallest single element of this skill that I can master?

2) What other chunks link to that chunk?

“Practice one chunk by itself until you've mastered it-then connect more chunks, one by one, exactly as you would combine letters to form a word. Then combine those chunks into still bigger chunks. And so on


Is there an area of your life that you could master if you began to learn and break it down into chunks?

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Quotes from: Daniel Coyle, The Little Book of Talent (New York: Bantam Books, 2012), page 45-46.


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