Originally Posted by BrainFreeze
I think this is a great thought. Whenever I have to explain pro tennis to new people I say that probably top 20 (male) players on the WTA tour are so evenly matched physically and technically that they can beat one other on any given day. What sets the top 5 apart is not the work ethic or physique but what goes on inside their head under stress and pressure. Some people just have their head wired by nature (and nurture) in a way that allows them to think on their feet, absorb information quicker, and see the big picture where others don't.
Ya, those top 20 players are all so ridiculously skilled that the only thing that can separate them is their composure. They are kind of the ultimate being that has combined talent/skill/aptitude/capacity or whatever + a ridiculous work ethic + some level of intelligence. But since they will be so close in these features they also will have many high pressure moments in matches and it's the guy/girl that can remain calm and focused without losing his cool that usually prevails..........or the guy with the 140 mile per hour serve. hahaha I did mention earlier that I could never play tennis professionally no matter what I did, however, I still love tennis, still play, and still get great satisfaction out of the sport. So even though I'll never be able to compete against Andy Murray, I still have gotten what I wanted out of the activity, and for me that's plenty enough and maybe that's the point. Shrug Tennis is also a pretty singular activity with one major goal: to win. Whereas, art has a ton of avenues for satisfaction, therefore, I am much more motivated to encourage individuals to go after their dreams in art than say a sport. I just used a sport to show that the 10,000 hour thingamajibbly is not completely sound on everything as it proclaims to be. I do think everybody in this field should teach for awhile however. Their optimism will diminish year after year. haha