A group of Norwegian researchers did a study to see what made babies improve at walking. They discovered that the key factor wasn’t height, weight, age, brain development, or any other innate trait. Rather, improvement was defined by the amount of time they spent firing their neural circuits, trying to walk. The more willing they were to attempt, and to permit themselves to fail, the more myelin they built, and the more skill they acquired.
Daniel Coyle, in his book The Talent Code, defines skill as myelin insulation that wraps neural circuits and that grows according to the use of certain signals. He goes on to identify myelin as the “holy grail” of achieving greatness. Through practice, commitment, and coaching, you can continually develop and strengthen your myelin to achieve your true potential.
How have you grown your myelin this week? Are you pushing yourself to try new things and understand that failure is part of your growth process?
Many business leaders (myself included) read voraciously to expand our knowledge and understanding. But how effective is this in growing our myelin – are you actually putting what your learn from books into practice?