Over the weekend, I came across this video of a 3 year old American lad called Titus, doing some pretty impressive stuff with a basketball hoop:
Now, many people would describe this as ‘natural talent’. However, anyone who has readMatthew Syed’s ‘Bounce’, Doug Lemov’s ‘Practice Perfect’ or Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ would have a different view. They would probably suggest that young Titus has spent a great deal of his first 3 years practising his basketball shooting. That’s why he’s so good at it. Not because of any pre-determined genetic talent, but because of practice…..and lots of it.
But, it’s not quite as simple as this is it, as this video explains: