I am reading a great book right now titled Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed. For many years I bought into the idea of raw talent. We hear it all the time as coaches. “That kid is a talent,” or “She works hard but just has no natural talent”. Syed makes a strong case for the idea that “talent” is simply practice. A person who appears to be talented simply has more practice than his/her peers. That practice may not always be obvious, but it must be there in order to be labeled “talented”.
So I am totally re-thinking my idea of talent and what it takes to be world-class in any given field. Syed basically states that 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes. I suggest that all coaches (and athletes for that matter) read this book.