Probably the best article showing those at the top of their sports are there for one reason and one reason only, lots of hard work.
Thanks to @kevincroke for highlighting this one.
"Clegg said: "For every mistake he made in a game, he'd spend hours and hours and hours practising to make sure it didn't happen again. Generally with players, if they try something and it doesn't work, they don't try it again, they fear it - but he didn't. No chance."
from BBC Sport
Update 20th January 2014 (some comments got lost in an upgrade to the commenting system - added them here for posterity):
Trying to put across an idea is fine and I don't think anyone could argue that proper training won't lead to gains. In this case however, the title of the post is highly misleading and does not reflect the views expressed in the article it's supposed to be based on.... Talent is not a myth...
5 hours ago by: Barry O'Dwyer
Myth of Talent and Reality of hard work Good point - I should have referenced that. Obviously not everyone will get to the level of a 'Ronaldo' but I suppose I was trying to put across the idea that with some continuous dedication (especially as people's motivations of New Years Resolutions starts to wane) and consistency, an awful lot of us could improve by quite a respectable amount?
2 days ago by: Neal McQuaid
Myth of Talent and Reality of hard work One reason only, not really what the article says... What about the 'natural talent' quote previous to the hard work one......
4 days ago by Barry O'Dwyer