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Friday, September 20, 2013


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I agree with this so much, I am actually going to leave a comment saying so. All the advice about making it happen, about 10,000 hours of practice, etc, means nothing if you don't have enough money to buy gear, or you don't have a big enough personality, or you're too tall/short, or you missed the heyday, etc. I see it all the time. Talent counts for a lot. Hard work counts too (although each in isolation is overrated). But circumstances are the most important factor - hand of God and all that.

I should say though that I've met some Olympians and have been impressed at how, in real life, most of them are humble folk. They also are willing to acknowledge the hard work of other people who contributed towards their success, such as parents and coaches and training partners etc, which is a major factor the self-help books and empowering quotes often leave out.

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