Gladwell presents some interesting perspectives on what the top people in various sports have in common, and how that applies to other fields as well. For example, he explains how the time of year you’re born could effect whether you make the cut in hockey at an early age. If you’re trying to breed for hockey, put that thought on hold for at least another 3 months:
For runners reading this, he explains how this applies to Kenyan’s dominance in long-distance running at -04:16. It’s really a numbers game more than underlying talent.
This ties to Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers: The Story of Success, that came out of the 18th.