Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Friday, February 03, 2006
Soft talentFrom Oystein Sorensen on the forum at OPN (a rough translation):
Maybe talent is continualy seeking to suceed, critically evaluating, the will to do what is required, the desire to reach a goal, and to forget everything else but that which means something?
Well, that is really a rough translation, but the idea that Sorensen seems to be getting at is that more than just physical talent should be considered talent.
It seems to me that most sports tend to look first for the raw physical talent, and then hope for the stuff Sorensen is talking about to either be coachable or to be less important.
What would happen is sports selected first for the talent Sorensen talks about? In other words, instead of focusing on people who seem to have some natural phsyical talent, focus on people who have the talent Sorensen wrote about.
It is hard to identify the softer talent.
You can easily pick out the pure phsyical talent. Put a bunch of people on a track and have them run for ten minutes. Watch them and time them. That'd probably do it.
How do you get the motivational talent, the drive to succeed? I've got a few ideas, but nothing very carefully thought out. I'll give it some thought. posted by Michael | 7:36 PM
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