That book is all about myelin—which acts as a sort of insulator for electrical impulses and is a key driver to performing at a high level.
As Dan says in the appendix to this book, “In fact, studies show that myelin grows in proportion to the hours spent in practice. It’s a simple system, and can be thought of this way: Every time you perform a rep, your brain adds another layer of myelin to those particular wires. The more you practice, the more layers of myelin you earn, the more quickly and accurately the signal travels, and the more skill you acquire.”
After Dan and I traded emails to set up an interview, I realized I had yet to read this little book so I found it in the stacks and set it on the desk for the next morning. I woke up at 4am the next morning (a Sunday—yes, I was in bed at 8pm on a Saturday night, my idea of a party!) and devoured the book in one sitting before the family got up. In fact, I’m typing this at 6:37am eagerly anticipating our almost-three-year-old son Emerson yelling, “Dadddddeeeeeeee!” to let me know he’s up. :)
This book is an uber-practical companion guide to . As per the sub-title: “52 Tips for Improving Your Skills”—organized by the three phases of skill development: Igniting + Improving Skills + Sustaining Progress. If you’re looking to improve your skills and/or if you’re a coach/teacher/the kind of human looking to help others develop their skills, I think you’ll love this book as much as I did. (Get a copy .)
I’m excited to share a handful of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!