The Development of Excellence

Tue, Mar 15, 2011


The Development of Excellence

“In 1985, Dr. Benjamin Bloom in collaboration with other researchers from the University of Chicago conducted a study to understand how world-class talent is developed.  They interviewed 120 people who had achieved world-class success in such diverse fields as art, athletics, music, and academics.  Among those interviewed were concert pianists, sculptors, tennis champions, Olympic swimmers, research neurologists, and mathematicians.

The results of the study indicated that successful individuals had very similar learning and development phases.  In his book, “Developing Talent in Young People,” Bloom divided development phases into the early years, middle years, and late years.”

Tim Gibbons

ONcourt: The book, Developing Talent in Young People by Benjamin Bloom, is essential in understanding why it is important that developing youngsters receive the proper type of coaching depending on their stage of development. If you do not follow these time tested principles you incur the chance of not maximizing the talent of the youngsters. The question that deserves to be asked is, does tennis development in this country respect these principles?

To read Tim Gibbons’ article on Bloom click here.

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3 Responses to “The Development of Excellence”

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    Dorcas Weatherill Says:

    One thing to note, the company that manufacture Phetaslim is set up only in 2011, and their website has limited information on the lab facility, premises etc. It leads me to thinking the lack of negative reviews about the product could partly be due to the fact that the product may be newly launched.

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    Ashley Coulter Says:

    I cannot seem to order this product – it keeps saying my billing information is not matching my credit card . I was very excited to order this product but am having no luck

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    Bruce Pennachio Says:

    You have mentioned very interesting points ! ps nice site. “I’m going to a special place when I die, but I want to make sure my life is special while I’m here.” by Payne Stewart.

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