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Becoming a pro is possible, but you’ve got to put in the work

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You need the complete package. Be niche but versatile.


19 Dec 2020
PREMIUM!
Becoming a pro is possible, but you’ve got to put in the work

Tennis player Kevin Anderson has worked hard on his versatility to become one of South Africa's top professional athletes. Picture: Getty Images

It has been a really bad year for sport across the globe and one can’t help but wonder if the next generation of sportsmen and women will be sub-average in their performances and achievements. Malcom Gladwell coined the ’10 000 hours’ term, which has become somewhat of a rule. You need to put in 10 000 “quality hours” of skill development in perfecting your craft in order to be extraordinary in your space. Most South African clubs practice for one to two hours, two to four times a week. If we take two hours of training, three-times-a-week and a game,...

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