The dangers of innate talent – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2, 3, 4). In the many examples mentioned in past weeks, we’ve seen that “talent” is developed by deliberate practice. If you were wondering if it applied to sports, Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” starts with an interesting insight into how sports talent is picked. Gladwell analyzed data on professional athletes to […]

The case against innate talent – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2, 3). Researcher K Anders Ericsson has researched expert performance for the past 30+ years. In every case, his analysis has revealed one thread – every innate talent/prodigy story can be deconstructed to reveal “deliberate practice.” Deliberate practice is practice that is typically guided by a coach that has specific goals, […]