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Book Review: Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips For Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle

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The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle is an excellent reference book for articulating and managing self improvement issues. There are 52 pearls of wisdom all aimed at moving readers closer to redefining themselves and working toward internalizing and achieving goals. Internalizing a goal means accepting it fully as a desirable milestone to achieve through continuous or daily effort.

At the outset, Coyle challenges each of us to look at who we are and where we want to go in life. The author sets forth specific rule structures to get each of us to a new level. For instance, he recommends spending 15 minutes per day on mastering a new skill.

The book recommends keeping a daily performance journal to measure and monitor progress. There is a requirement to practice alone in order to fully concentrate on acquiring a new skill or mastering a task.

Coyle attaches a lot of importance to learning from mistakes. He encourages readers to pay attention to and document mistakes so that they aren’t repeated.
In addition, Coyle recommends embracing repetition in order to master new skills and build upon experience iteratively.

Finally, the author suggests that each of us teach a skill. Teaching forces us to learn skills more completely. In addition, teachers deal with the give and take of asking and answering probing questions on the topic.

The Little Book of Talent by Coyle is brief enough to capture the attention of readers with just an hour or slightly more of reading time. The presentation is easy to understand. The rule structures are simple. Overall, Coyle’s work can get readers started in another direction without too much analysis paralysis.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.