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The Myth of Talent

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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.