As titled. Tennis Myths Exposed: The Importance of Natural Talent by Matthew Hill I've been playing guitar for around 10 years. I began ripping away incessantly, first under the influence of my dad's KISS Alive album, followed by an obsession with all things RUSH, which then slowly migrated to an interest in more solo oriented guitar playing as I've slowly began to see myself steadily progressing as a player. The reason I am so confident in my abilities as a player is quite simple: work ethic. If you expected to see the word talent in place of that phrase, then sit down, shut your mouth, and buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride. I’ve always been perceived as “talented” at the guitar. My friends used to ask me how I was getting so good. It was obvious to me that they were smoke blowing in every sense of the word. The reason for their special ed complexes with the instrument was directly stemmed from a lack of discipline and efficient playing. Now it’s important to note that there have been several times in my playing career when I’ve felt completely burned out, simply unwilling to put in the effort for one reason or another. Yet when I come back to it I almost seem to be better than I was prior to my bouts with exhaustion with the instrument. I believe that the reason for this bizarre experience is linked directly to one core principle: Discipline. My reasoning for this is based purely on the incredible influence on my own playing that I’ve experienced when my stubborn mind finally learned to stop thinking and rather to just do it. In the end, I've found that the most important thing we can ever do for our playing is the learn how to help ourselves. But why am I talking about my experiences with the electric guitar as an important factor to winning tennis, anyway? If your response to this resembled something of this nature, then you may do yourself a favor by reading on a little further. Every day I hear the same essential concept being rehashed time and again about the game of tennis and just about anything else in life in general. How people choose to phrase it may differ slightly, but the underlying principle is the same almost every time: It’s all about natural ability. Now stop yourself for a second and ponder what it means to you as a tennis player. Perception is key to winning tennis, so it is crucial in the early stages of your development that you learn to analyze how you perceive things as a person. This reminds me of the first time I saw Star Wars: Episode 4: A new hope. Sure, I thoroughly enjoyed the actions, the struggles, and the innovations that are very much a part of the film, but something that I heard from a rather “dull” moment of the movie really caught my attention as well. Ironically enough, the most interesting concept in the entire film for me was when Obi-Wan Kenobi said that he hadn’t lied to Luke about his parents being murdered at all because his real father died the day he betrayed the Jedi and became a Sith lord. Rather touching if you’re 8 or 9 years old, I think, but the real moment of brilliance came in the very next sentence. He went on to say that in reality he had been completely honest with Luke all the while, “from a certain point of view”. Now bear in mind that from Luke’s end of the spectrum, this was simply a bold faced lie, plain and simple. However, on the other end, Obi-Wan’s perception of this concept was entirely different altogether. More to come. Edit: WTF! No double spacing for some reason. How do I fix this?