Natural Talent is Only Half the Equation
Ask any top sportsman or woman how they got to the top of their sport and they will give you a simple answer. Hard work. Of course, talent is a prerequisite to success and any top sports person will have a natural ability over and above the average person. However, that is only half the equation. Natural talent without application is wasteful. College sports teams are littered with men and women who had the ability to reach the top of their chosen sport but did not put in the hard work. The NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB are the most competitive leagues in the world. In particular, the fast paced nature of our sport means keeping in tip-top condition is crucial. Taking a short-cut to success is not an option. We have beenÂ writing about basketballÂ long enough to know that natural ability may get you noticed, but application, the correct diet and a rigorous training program are what will help get you drafted.
Lebron James may be the NBA’s marquee player but he has worked hard to get where he is today. When he was drafted it was clear he had a very special talent. Indeed, his first year at Cleveland was so successful that he won rookie of the year in 2004. However, Lebron refused to rest on his laurels. He knew that if he wanted to perform consistently during an 82 game regular season he would need to change his body shape. Lebron had always been a ‘skinny’ kid so he set about adding muscle to his ‘slight’ frame. He knew an intensive training program of lifting weights followed by quick cardio sessions would build up [...]