David Epstein: Talent, Genetics, and Practice in Youth Sports
Which is it: natural ability or a strong work ethic?
When we watch great athletes perform, we might sometimes assume that they were born with all that talent. Though that may be true to a certain extent, we also don't see the hard work and dedication that got them there in the first place. So which is more important: natural ability or a strong work ethic?
If you ask David Epstein, he’ll probably tell you it’s a little bit of both. As a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, a former track standout at Columbia University, and the author of The Sports Gene, David knows sports inside and out. In this podcast, he and host Emily Cohen discuss single sport specialization and why talent doesn't necessarily precede training. It's a fascinating conversation you won't want to miss.
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