I just got an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of a delightful book: . The Little Book of Talent, by Daniel Coyle.
The author translates his research on talent “hotbeds” into practical tips for developing skills, even if you don’t plan to sing at the Met or win a sports trophy.
Of course my favorite tip is, “Take lots of naps.” I can’t wait to practice this afternoon.
Hard vs. Soft Skills
Coyle divides skills into hard skills and soft skills. Most skills combine the two. For instance, a violinist requires “precise finger placement” to play notes (a hard skill) but also needs to interpret the emotion of a piece (a soft skill). A quarterback has to “deliver an accurate spiral” (hard skill) and also read the other’s team’s defense (soft skill).