The history of music has many great stories. The invention of instruments, wired sound and the fabulous minds of great classical composers. After listening to a TED talk by Organizational Psychologist Adam Grant and his study on “originals“, part of his discussion resonated with the NextGen philosophy. In his video, Adam describes a correlation between greatness and number of compositions by classical composers. Let’s take a look at two charts from a study by Aaron Kozbelt; one without the top 3 classical composers and one with:
What we see on the x-axis is total number of compositions, and the y-axis is Greatness (measured by overall internet searches). The 3 in yellow; Beethoven, Mozart and Bach are in the top 10% for total compositions and top 1% for measured greatness. As Adam Grant describes, the amount of output in this case is relative to their greatness. The more compositions they produced, the more likely they were to create masterpieces and ultimately become Great.
So how does this relate to soccer?
We know from studies like Malcom Gladwell’s “10,000-Hour Rule” and the book by Daniel Coyle The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown, the best outliers are those that repeatedly put in the work. And from that work, there will be wins/gains. The wins and gains aren’t just measured in the wins column. At NextGen, wins are the repeated efforts to get something right. Continuously striving to improve, and always always taking responsibility to produce greatness.