Is it true that all it takes to be an expert is 10,000 hours of practice? What about professional athletes? Do different people get more out of practice than others, and if so, is it nature or nurture? In this episode David McRaney asks all these things of David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, who explains how practice affects the brain and whether or not greatness comes naturally or after lots and lots of effort.
My takeaway is the differences between an expert and a professional lie in the pace of learning from errors and agile adaptation. The experts learn quickly (mental tolerance), adapt gracefully (behavioral discipline), and work smarter (genuine passion). It reminds me of Tai Chi practice.