alexx_88 wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:58 am
I blame movies for this concept of unbelievable natural ability that just exists in some people. Recent studies show that's not really the case at all
if you only live through textbooks and equations then it's hard to believe yes.
but if you actually confront yourself with real life, it's a different story alltogether.
i'd like to invite you over to a bouldering / climbing hall, and have a seat looking at newcomers,
doing that stuff for the first time in their entire life.
and guess what, some actually go about surprisingly good compared to others and no, that actually doesn't have anything to do with their trained physique or fitness or whether they do any sport at all. i've seen it with my own eyes.
go bowling, with a bunch of first timers, and look how some are awkwardly bad and some shockingly good despite never having had a bowling ball in their hands.
have a swim in a swimming pool or a lake or the sea. go ice skating, etc.etc.
and above all, go and put a bunch of people together and let them paint a painting, preferably very young kids
and look at the difference.
there is zero doubt that there are people who have more natural born talent in certain areas than others.
yes, proper training, education and guidance will help people with less natural-born 'talent' to become more skilled and as such talented in a certain profession, perhaps even better than somebody who from the get-go was better but recieved no training or guidance.
I therefore am quite surprised about the wrong idea that 'unbelievable' natural ability doesn't exist in people.
You only need to look at the grid with newcomers to see its actually true.
Guys like Verstappen compared to guys like Stroll. Guys like LeClerc vs guys like Palmer.
And let's compare Michael Schumacher to Ralf Schumacher.
Honest review shows that Ralf Schumacher was very much a talented and worthy F1 driver.
But compared to his brother, Ralf really was miles behind.
Now we're offcourse not talking here like superhuman abilities like X-men or Avenger abilities. If you think that's being said then seriously, what? No. Not at all.
But 'extraordinary' 'natural' talent does exist, which is why recruiters are so much after kids that perform far above their classmates / other kids in any sport activity, like soccer, swimming, running.
Somehow, on Olympic level, the fastes and most athletic (marathon) runners are guys of African descent, specifically Kenyan, and not of 'caucasian' descent. There's a genetic influence there. That is, by all it's means, naturally born.
So to think that some people aren't naturally more able to perform better in motorsports, and it's all due to training and circumstances is rediculous to say the least.
In F1, guys like Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton are some of the biggest and recent names to prove just that. And then there's Prost, Lauda, (Gilles) Villeneuve, etc. etc.