Physical skills are not the same as intellectual skills, it is something visible and that we can appreciate mainly in athletes. Practice and training are somewhat visible, and this produces visible results.
We can also dispel or cast down natural myths throughout the history of sport. Athletes like Doug Flutie, the small quarterback who has played for the England Patriots and The San Diego Chargers. Peter Gray one armed baseball player how made it to the major leagues. Ben Hogan one of the greatest golf player of the history who was completely lacking in grace. Glenn Cunningham, the grate runner, who had a badly burned and damaged legs. This has shown us that the mindset of some people can break down barriers and reach the most demanding stadiums
There is a very interesting anecdote about Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. According to boxing experts, they say that when they see a boxer, they must comply with what is called the “Tales of the tape” to identify naturals. This natural talent or natural conditions include, height, reach, fist weight, chest and weight.
Mohammad Ali failed in some of these respects. He did not have great ability to move, his punch was not as forceful as they thought, he did not cover himself in the way that boxers have to cover, Incredibly he did not have a natural talent as described by boxing experts, but he had something that was much more stronger than that and it was his mindset. On the other hand, we had Sonny Liston who was a natural boxer, according to experts, he had the strength, speed, measure, weight and all the natural talent that a professional boxer requires.
Although Muhammed did not have these conditions, how brilliant was his mind, his brain. Ali studied Sonny Liston’s movements in detail. I even study with people who talked, how they were, who thought, read every interview they gave, until they got to have a complete photograph of the individual. Sonny Liston was a calm man. Muhammad’s tactic was to look like he was crazy, that he was willing to do anything to win the fight, according to textual words. According to Liston’s manager, he showed that Ali was mentally prepared to win the fight and his smile remained throughout the fight, undoubtedly his boxing conditions were not the best, but his mental preparation was undoubtedly superior.
We all know the great basketball player that Michael Jordan was, but few people know what his beginnings were like. Michael was also not a natural athlete like the case we just mentioned of two great boxers. In its beginnings it had been removed from the varsity team in fact they had not even chosen it. According to his mother, when he was removed from the team, Michael was devastated, but he told his mother that he would return to the North Carolina team. He worked tirelessly on his shortcomings and weaknesses as a player, even when he got to play in the NBA and was famous, he spent hours and hours practicing being the best. According to Jordan, his resurgence as a player was achieved by his mental state and his heart.
Another case was that of Babe Ruth, clearly did not have the natural abilities that we have been talking about in the previous examples. We are talking about a person who liked good food and drinks like liquor.
We could cite a huge number of similar cases throughout the history of the sport such as Wilma Rudolph, as the fastest runner in the world during the 1960s and who also won three gold medals during the Olympic Games in Rome and who He suffered paralysis in part of his left leg since he was 12 years old and then under a lot of therapy he began to walk well.
I recently read another book called on extraordinary results, but not so focused on the mindset and mentioned two cases like Hellen Keller’s who was deaf-mute and a great writer and the case of Charles Goodyear who was in jail when he invented vulcanization or what rather we know today as the rubber tire.
All these cases lead us to the conclusion that skills and talent lead directly to success. It reveals to us the simple idea that our brains can create a kind of learning and resilience. No matter the obstacles that we face, if we strive and focus on what we really want, we can achieve it, of course, not without great commitment and dedication to achieve a goal.