Book Notes – Drive / The Talent Code

These dive deeper in to the ideas in So Good They Can’t Ignore You.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Book Cover of Drive

People are motivated by:

  • Autonomy: the feeling that you have control over your day, and that your actions are important
  • Mastery: the feeling that you are good at what you do
  • Purpose: the feeling of connection to other people

The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown.

Book Cover of The Talent Code

Talent is created by a motivation “Ignition” and lots of “Deep Practice”.


  • Sparks: Some chance event happens and motivates a group of people; e.g. Someone from your country or hometown makes it big.
  • Make your own: A vision of a better situation compared to now that you see as a “spark”; e.g. Getting in to college.

Deep Practice

Deep practice is forcing yourself to work just outside the edge of your comfort zone.


Master coaching is important to identify and eliminate errors in a fast feedback loop, which helps you level-up.