Originally Posted by Bogeysaurus
In my small hometown when I was growing up there were dozens of parents with gifted athletic kids that did the exact same thing with their kids in hopes they would be the next greatest, golf, tennis, basketball, football, baseball player.
Some from that small town I grew up with played in college, and 1 or 2 had small stints professionally. This is one small town of tens of thousands of towns across the country. We don't hear about the ones they didn't make it, "Hey did you hear about that guy that almost was a great ____________"...
There is nothing coincidental at all about Tiger Woods... He just happens to be the one of ten thousand athletes of that time with parents that fostered his abilities that was just slightly more gifted and that is why we know his story.
That's fair. But its still a bit of a coincidence that Tiger parents happened to pick golf, isn't it? Had they been tennis people would he be better than Roger Federer now? Or what if Tigers parents were piano people?
And for all of the parents you mentioned, there is a flip side as well, right? (This is a point I made earlier in regards to Dan ... prior to learning that he actually sucks ;)) There are lots of parents who don't push their kids into any activities at all. So, theoretically, if Tiger was born with it, then there are a lot of people out there who have never even touched a golf club but were also born with it, right? This was the point I made at the beginning in regards to Dan when people first poo-pood his idea because you can't just do what he's doing. I said, well, he's not a bad golfer (like most of us on here) who is devoting all of his time into practicing to become good ... he's a NON golfer, as in "never touched a club before." Big difference there.
Now all of that said, I'm mostly playing devils advocate here, because my real belief is that its a combination of both. You definitely need "it" to become world class at anything, it's just kind of hard to define what "it" is. And you also need to be in the perfect situation for fostering your "it."
Sort of random and dorky (but then again, so am I) but I think it's cool nonetheless ... in the kids movie Ratatouille one of the characters has a saying that "Anyone can cook," which infuriates the pompous, jerk antagonist. By the end of the movie, said antagonist has come to realize that what the guy really meant wasn't that "Anyone can cook" but rather "A great cook can come from anywhere." I like that. :) Hey, I told you it was random and dorky ... you didn't have to read it. ;)