This is Mathew Syed, Britain’s No. 1 table-tennis player for ten years. Not only that, the next five best players all lived within a few streets of him. How come? Well, they had a great coach, a club that was open 24 hours a day (they all had the keys) and a group who practised, deliberately and mercilessly to get to the top. It was nothing to do with natural ‘talent’ and everything to do with effort and practice. It is all in his excellent book ‘Bounce’ (Syed 2011) where he explains not only his sporting journey but the psychology behind that journey, in particular his discovery of deliberate ‘practice’.
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