Saturday, April 21, 2012
Do it like a Pro, be an "Outlier"
Talk about training for your goals. Man today is an awesome sports day. You have a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight, baseball is in full swing (by the way, there was the 21ST PERFECT GAME IN MLB HISTORY TODAY), basketball is approaching playoff time and NONE of the playoff match ups are set with less than a week in the season, and the two greatest soccer players in the world just played against one another (for those who don't follow soccer that would be Lionel Messi and Christiano Renaldo). My TV has four channels on DVR and I need to get in the shower so that I can go somewhere to watch the fight. The Olympic Wrestling Trials are going on today as well. Right now I am streaming the wrestling on my computer, watching the soccer game I recorded, and watching basketball in the picture in picture window. This is awesome. I will be interested to see what is on the front page of ESPN in the morning...
One thing everyone one of these guys and girls has in common is the effort with which they train. Yes, some natural ability is a must for a professional athlete but the difference between those who get there and those who do not is hard, intelligent WORK. Here are two few facts I found floating around on the internet:
Malcolm Glidwell identifies this as a success metric for ANY occupation in his book "Outliers." This book looks at people who are outliers meaning that they have success well above and beyond the average person.
Expert Mentors/Coaches are required, to show aspiring athletes what they should spend those 10,000 hours practicing.