Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code was recommended by a friend of mine who also happens to be a licensed Montessori teacher. It narrates the stories of great talents and their secret to success. Here’s the secret- they’re not born talented. They simply spent their time—a lot of time – honing it. Great talents practiced vigorously (at least 10,000 hours- approximately ten years!) with an intense desire to succeed while being encouraged by an individual/s who challenged them . If you’re a fan of Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw) and his style of investigative journalism, then The Talent Code is for you. It’s a breeze to read– no complicated science jargon just case studies that narrate like friends catching up over coffee. I guarantee you’ll be inspired with ideas not only on your child’s development but your own development – personal, parental, professional.
Let me put it this way: after reading it, I became more patient with teaching my baby girl the alphabet, the shapes, the stacking, the puzzles, the flashcards, the songs, the books, the manners, the values- everything. The more she practices, the better she’ll be. And there’s no greater sense of fulfillment then seeing my daughter blossom before my very eyes.
And so today we practiced stacking and puzzles once again. I only just realized that this also helping her eat on her own too!