What does it take to be a pro-athlete, or do other extraordinary things like that?
[This question is posed by the CareerVillage staff]
When students want to do something extraordinary which typically has a low-likelihood of success, how should they prepare themselves for achieving this? Examples of these types of careers include:
- Professional athlete
- Supreme court justice
- President or other world leader
- Many other careers!
We sometimes get questions from students about extraordinary careers: playing in the NBA, being an astronaut, and other amazing jobs. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to achieve something extraordinary, definitely watch this incredible video interview with John Amaechi, a former NBA player and psychologist.
The Study Hacks blog, by Cal Newport (MIT and Dartmouth alum, and an assistant computer science professor at Georgetown now), has a wealth of information about accomplishing extraordinary feats:
I would definitely recommend reading the archives and searching for questions about career, college, and high school.</body></html>
I would recommend for the student to starting working 10,000 hours needed to becoming an expert. (This is a disputed theory but it will never hurt your chances.) If the student is willing to commit to a rigorous plan to achieve their dreams, then they are over the first hurdle.