Becoming a great athlete doesn't happen overnight. The most talented players put in a lot of extra training in the off-season - both mental and physical - to develop their skills.
"Top athletes are often distinguished, especially in the media, by their unique natural gifts.
For example, Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympic swimmer, has the wingspan of an albatross, tennis start Roger Federer has the timing of an exquisite Swiss watch, and Olympic sprinter and world-record holder Usain Bolt is built out of lightning-rod-like twitch fibers.
Behind the scenes, their mind-set and work ethic have enhanced their natural abilities.
If you aspire to be a champion, don't be awed by the glitter of their excellence; instead, know that they also put in many thousands of hours in the pool, on the court, and at the track to build up their bodies and shape their minds."
- The Champion's Mind by Jim Afremow