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Being A Great Athlete Requires More Than Talent

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Jake Wald (@Jake_Wald) played collegiate baseball for George Washington University and then went on to have a 9 year pro career. He played at every level of the San Francisco Giants minor league system and finished his career in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After briefly coaching college baseball, Jake joined Positive Coaching Alliance and is now the Business Development Manager, overseeing Chapter Expansion.

Here, Wald reiterates a famous quote from Herb Brooks, the 1980 Olympic Hockey Coach for the Miracle on Ice: "You think you can win on talent alone? Gentlemen, you don't have enough talent to win on talent alone."

In this video, Wald explains how maybe only 1 or 2 athletes in the world get by on talent alone, but for all the others, talent usually runs up against equally good talent and being great requires something more. By doing the small things and focusing on the details everyday, athletes become great and can overcome athletes who try and succeed only on talent. Talent only takes athletes so far, but if athletes focus on details too they may have a better chance at reaching the top.