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self-help bobooks published each year, from making love to making money, it seems that all of us meet a scientist who believes that he's found the e formula for maxi he calls it the talent code, and says that if you follow the rules, you'll not only reprogram your brain, you'll develop your and your child's abilities beyond your wildest expectations. so, what are the secrets? and do they work? john donvan now investigates. ♪ >> some kids just seem to have it, right? you listen to rudi alyza sing and wow, where does this come from? ♪ and when you consider that this singing school where she's getting extra coaching it's the faceless face at the end of a shopping mall, at the edge of dallas and it seems pretty clear, this is innate talent, the key to success. rudi was born with it. ♪ maybe. but maybe not. question -- what does jessica simpson have in common with demi lovato? and what does dememi lovato have in common with ryan cabrera? and ryan cabrera with ashlee
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simpson? the answer is this faceless place at the edge of a shopping mall they all went here. >> put your tongue down. >> they all got coaching from this same teacher, a former opera singer named linda septian. and consider maybe inborn talent is not the key ingredient. could it be a good teacher and good old fashioned hard work. ♪ >> the talent is practiced. >> talent is practice and practice is talent. >> dan coyle sent out to break the talent code and he tried to unravel the mystery of what makes a star really. his conclusion -- supreme talent not born, it is made. >> so i think right now talent is sort of the last magical thing. it's magic. right? that's the story we are told in the media and in the culture. tiger woods is magic. michael jordan is magic. mozart was magic. but as we look closer and as we use modern tools, we are not -- we are seeing a different kind
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of magic. >> coyle studied linda septian and her school and identifies it as one of several talent hot beds that he's found, places that seem to produce the most talented singers. ♪ football quarterbacks. classical musicians. what was going on here? well, let's start off with ingredient number one, practice. hours of practice. which makes perfect evolutionary sense really. we are built to learn. we are a learning machine. when we stress the wires of our brain, the skill circuits of our brain in a certain way it gets learned. >> all of which plays out beautifully in rat brains which is what dr. doug fields studies full-time. that's the underpinning ofhe coyle code theory, because the rats and we have in our brains, myelin. kind of an insulating material
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that wraps around the pathways. the insulation grows each time an action is repeated. >> white matter continues to develop and myelin continues to form. so it wraps that wire, gives it more insulation, and the signal moves much more fast and more accurately. >> faster and more smoothly. so if you repeat the same action a lot of times if you're say tiger woods, practicing the same golf stroke, over and over, the myelin gets really thick and the brain cells start firing much more in sync and that makes all the difference. >> imagine walking two miles per hour and having someone run by at 200 miles an hour. that's the difference we're talking about that myelin can make. >> how important is over and over and over? is it talent in the end or is it the work? >> that's a very good question. talent plays a very important part in that it makes my job easier. persistence plays a bigger part. >> put another way -- practice makes perfect. but we knew that, right?
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>> you did it. you're doing really well. >> so becoming a jessica simpson, it's just a matter of putting in the hours? well, no coyle thinks it's a lot more than that. who the teacher is is a huge part of it. that takes us to ingredient number two, great coaching. as a coach, linda septian knows that it needs to be broken down and doing each part in the right order each time. >> i can make anyone sing reallyly well. >> she has been doing this with jaden roberts who is 8 years old for the two years old. linda won't let her get past a verse until she gets it down. >> it has to be a habit and it has to be repeated over and over and over. then they have to move it to. then they have to have a rhythm to it and put words to it. >> it's a lot of work. >> it's a lot of work. >> it's a lot of work that applies not only to music, but to everything else, like sports.
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>> too fast. >> this is tom martinez. >> there's the problem -- >> he's his own star-making machine. he's turned out quarterbacks like peyton manning and totom brady and others. >> anyone can say i coached manning and brady and they'd make it despite of who coached them. but you takeke the worst kid and say give him to me for 15 minutes and then watch him mechanically. >> you'll see him repeat himself a million times. tom brady in his wallet carries a piece of paper with six or seven martinezisms on them. to remind -- to remind him exactly what those things are. it's simple, it's repetitive, but difficult to do. >> as coyle observed the style of great coach is mild, laid back, intensely watchful. >> there's nobody giving inspirational speeches. what there are are people e giving small really intense cororrectio
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they're getting people into that zone where they can deeply practice and making small corrections that's the path to skill. that's the royal road. ♪ >> getting into the zone where you're so focused on those small corrections and small steps, the rest of the world just melts away. ♪ it's not just practice. it's ingredient number three, total concentration. we're in rural new york state, the meadowmount school. nothing fancy to look at, but look at who studied here. yo yo ma joshua bell, quitt zac perlman. breaking things down into small steps, it's being interrupted. ♪ >> got to come in there -- >> it's having to try the same small section and over and over. but the process seems to be
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making more myelin in the brain. >> if you don't feel that kind of frustration edge failing and fixing sort of sensation, you're not stressing your skill circuits. >> what do you see when you see that look -- that clint eastwood look into the kids' eyes? >> they're leaning into the air, expeperiencing a mistake and fixing that mistake. that finding and fixing is at the core of that. that's when you'll see them dial in. ♪ >> if you really practice something for a long time you'll find yourself just playing all the notes just making the sound you practiced without having to think about it at all. >> but that's what coyle argues. the brain is really growing the talent. in fact, we all have that kind of wiring. >> the things you build with that wire, the skills you can construct with that wire are amazing. that's what human resilience is all about. that's what human talent is. ♪ >> so consider perhaps your kid
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could have a shot at the big time with a good coach and the right kind of practice and hours and hours of practice. it's asking a lot, but perhaps it works. i'm john donvan for "nightline" in washington. >> you can never argue the value of practice. our thanks to john donvan. when we come back, agony and aftermath in the south pacific. what happened when that powerful wall of water swept ashore. qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq show and tell you weren't always my favorite day. with all the pet hair in the air i'd spend class preoccupied, bothered by itchy eyes. but now i have new zyrtec® itchy eye drops. it works fast, with just one drop, to relieve my itchy eyes from allergies for up to 12 hours. no other allergy itchy eye drop wos faster or longer. whichs good, 'cause there's a lotta paws to shake. with new zyrtec® itchy eye drops i can love the air™. (announcer)
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sweeping everything in its path back out to sea. and now the painful aftermath. neal karlinsky's has tonight's report. >> the tiny village of malaela is a postcard of disaster. the church a few years old and built with a modern framework was hollowed out by the huge wave. cars have been tossed about like children's toys smashed up against trees hundreds of yards from the coastline. but as much damage as there is and there is an endless stretch of it along southeastern samoa the sight of this man right here was perhaps the most striking image of the day. he's part of a small team looking for a little boy. >> they don't even know where he is. some say he was at the house. but if he was at the house, maybe he was crushed inside here. but if not, maybe he just drifted out. >> while some search for the
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missing, others are preparing to bury the dead. these men are digging a grave for their village matriarch, a 78-year-old woman who was missing until a short while ago. they found her floating in the ocean. a local official touring the area told the pain of it all is affecting everyone. >> it's a feeling of sadness that nobody can really except -- just except god in your hearts. i feel i'm one of those them. >> the huge waves displaced everything in the path. thisis is a place where on this day it wasn't uncommon to find a group of fish swimming in a puddle on the other side of the road from the ocean. this woman was just glad to have been out of her house when the waves came. were you in there when this happened? >> no, there's no time f for warning. it was 15 or 20 minutes. it was incredible. >> she says the quake was the
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strongest thing she's ever felt. she was hanging on to her two children and praying when it rattled their world. this house was over there? >> yes. >> and you were inside? >> yeah. my pickup is around the corner. >> then there were the little things, a pottery set preserved even though the house wasn't. >> first time i see -- i've seen it on tv. you know i never thought it would come here. >> it't's not just here but across the southern stretch of samoa an ocean front portion of american samoa.a. this gives you a sense of what they're dealing with and we have spent all day driving hou to get between one village and the next, often with little for communication. people around here know to be wary of tsunamis, especially since the devastating quake and tsunami that killed nearly a quarter million in 2004. but even though they run practice drills for tsunami alerts, when this quake struck there was no warning.
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just a massive quake and a very fast series of 15 to 20-foot waves. the cell phone network to have the churches set off their church bells never went through. this man survived when he was able to free himself between the waves. >> i grabbed him and put him inside the car. luckily the window was up. >> his house all of his money and the business he spent two years building were all washed away. the relief efforts are fully undederway, but for many on this remote and spectacularly beautiful island it can't come soon enough. you don't know where to start? >> yeah. just don't know what to do. >> they have seen their livelihood takenrom them in an instant and many have lost something else. the sense that living here on n this tiny island in the middle of the pacific ocean is even a
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safe place for them anymore. i'm neilal karlinsky in samoa. >> a devastating scene there. in another part of the world today, mother nature lashed out again with a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in innese ya -- indonesia. there have been powerful aftershocks and more than 2 hundred200 are reportedly dead. a number that is to rise as rescuers search for those trapped in the rubble. when we come back, tonight's "sign of the times". ...new consumption and delivery models. it's what? my cloud does email. lowers my energy bill. shares pictures. we collaborate on our cloud. i develop software in my cloud. i want a cloud that understands risk. ...compares patient histories... ...predicts traffic patterns. my cloud is... everywhere. my cloud is secure. simple. powerful. flexible. that's what we're working on. i'm an ibmerer.
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but while america's super rich may have fortunes that literally blow your mind, they're not immune to the nation's recession. indeed, some have experienced astronomical losses. some are no longer on the list. but the billionaire's club remains open for the elite.e. and our bill weir mans the door, in tonight's "sign of the times". >> i'm sorry, i didn't see you on here -- excuse me, i'm sorry. private engagement tonight. very exclusive. how much to get in? well it's $950 million to be honest, and that's actually a pretty good deal because last year it was $1.3 billion to get in and then came the whole financial armageddon thing and mr. buffett, good to see you again. please, have a great time. try the cheese puffs, sir. yep. warren buffett. oracle of omaha. even he got slaughtered last year. the guy lost $10 billion in 12 months. that comes out to like to more than a million dollars an hour.
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but don't worry about him, he's gonna be fine. he got in on goldman sachs and g.e. cheap and many think he'll come back and pass bill gates for number one. bill gates still the richest man 16 years runs. he'd be even richer if he didn't give away $30 billion to charity. you're still on the list? well you're not one of wal-mart's walton family, a bunch of them in there. you're not oprah. she had a tough year. down $400 million. but never doubt the power of the oprah. let's see, you're not mayor mike bloomberg, although i wish you were because i have a neighbor problem with a subwoofer and a cat. donald trump is coming later although they say he's not worth as much as he says he is. i don't know. i just work here. mark zuckerberg i wish you wish
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you were that guy. he's 25 years old, and i hope they seat him next to john kluge, the magnet. because they'll totally collect. hey, nice to see you. good to see you. have a good time. that is isaac pearlmutter. the guy comes to america with 250 bucks back in the late '60's and sold marvel comics to disney for $4 billion. who? no, actually bernie madoff has never been on the list. interesting though, isn't it? although there's a new guy, a new member, named jeffrey picower. he made a billion dollars investing with madoff and then got all his money out right before the ponzi scheme came crashing down. if he comes tonight, i'm guessing he's bringing some lawyers. it is funny how fate alters the
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list year to year. last year, r. allen stanford was on this list and this week, he was injured in a prison fight down in texas where he's awaiting a prison trial for fraud. i don't see you on the list, but i'll tell you what, i have read this, i know what's in it and i'll give you some advice. want to come to this party next year, here's what you do. go to harvard. 43 of these cats went to harvard. then buy a football team. particularly in a place where the fans will pay $29 to stand up during the game and eat $60 pizza. you have to buy low, sell high that's banker andrew beal tripled his wealth, bottom feeding the cheap loans and then flipping them for a profit. maybe you can invent something, something to replace the book, like jeff bezos, he came up with the kindle, he is screaming up the list. there you go, get crackin' all you capitalists out there. i have to get inside. apparently, terry moran snuck past me earlier and is about to
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get sucked into a craps game with steve wynn. i'm bill weir for "nightline" in new york. >> and there i was thinking terry moran never gambled. our thanks to bill weir. when we come back, this time it's a democrat making questionable comments inside the capitol. and he's the subject of tonight's "closing argument."
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