re: dusty delso’s post in another thread, reprinted below.
IMO, Dusty has found some valuable hidden treasure and shared it freely with everyone here. Geoff Colvin’s book: “Talent is Overrated” is written in the form of a virtual roadmap to high-level achievement, extracted from the scientific literature on learning and behavior, human psychology, and studies of the common themes found in the careers of stellar performers in several different fields of human accomplishment.
Caveat: As Dusty’s post suggests, this book is not about an “easy way” to outstanding performance, nor does an easy way exist.
For those who insist on genetic factors (or “God-given talent”) as the primary differentiation separating themselves from the greatest in their field, there may be some rude surprises in this book.
Posted: Jan 14, 2011 Post subject:
if what we are talking about is true, the conclusion is, find someone you think is a great pitcher that you think your motion simulates, imitate them and work it out for yourself.
this is the pattern most if not all world class performers in any discipline follow to greatness. it is outlined in two studies, geoff colvin: talent is overrated and malcolm gladwells outliers. they both look at the development and biographies of world class performers. what did they find in a nutshell:
world class performers all began by learning the basic skills known in their art that current world class performers use (sometimes this was simply by chance)
they put in enormous amounts of time to become the little bit better than really good performers every day. over time this begins to separate you from the really good (which is not good enough to pitch professionally). takes a minimum of 10,000 hours of what is referred to as directed practice which is difficult and not fun to become world class @ anything.
they then used their own creative beliefs and applied to their field of expertise and became enormously successful because they could do what very few people could and are willing to do. sometimes people will pay you a ton of money to do it if they like it and/or it’s profitable.
the beatles played other rock/blues music for years and mastered it in hamburg, germany before they began writing and playing their own stuff, tiger woods swung a golf club under the supervision of his father for years to become great. and his father was a very good golfer.
like the scouts say, if i don’t see it, i can’t pay for it, i know what i’m looking for and that’s what we’re buying.
if you want to blaze a new trail, it has to be clearly equal to or superior to what they are currently doing unless you want to pay for your own chance to show them. i can think of many baseball people who have lost enormous amounts of money trying to change the system and crashed. if you are a young player, are you going to bet 10,000 hrs of your time on an unaccepted model/method because someone the current experts reject says it’s how you should do it, or are you going to spend your time like every other member of major league baseball’s retirement system has and believe you can do it.
why would you listen to an idiot like me anyway, i thought you wanted to be a world class pitcher. if you don’t intend to be world class, many, many methods of throwing the baseball are sufficient, just expect to exit from the game before you may be ready to quit. what do any of us on this site know about being a world class pitcher that you can understand and apply to help you anyway. are we just trying to get you to buy in and make a little money ourselves till you figure out we are full of it and then maybe it’s too late. 10,000 hours is about 7-10 years. are you sure you want to listen to any of us. we do not get paid well to tell you how to do this. are you sure you want to take our “expert” advice.
lets all go out in the parking lot and chase cars, i saw major league pitchers do that one night when they were drunk, or listen to the rest of us who have not been invited to join the fraternity of major league baseball pitchers who think we know more than they do. they have one thing we don’t that is vitally important, the ear of the people with money, willing to spend an enormous amount of it on this game we all love. if you’re going to change things, that is where you begin.
like they say in detective work, follow the money. let the posts and games continue