The Corollary: If you’re going to take something up you might as well try to get better at it, and Alex is right in saying the people who do it best have figured some things out.
How? After extensive phone interviews with 47 industry luminaries*, to achieve excellence in achievement and ascend to the upper echelons you need the following:
Get some of that and then the best ways to further advance include a combination of at least two, but not necessarily all, of the following:
–Hand Eye Coordination
–Friends with boats
–Some basic understandings of naturalism and animal behaviors
That’s about it.
UPDATE: Bjorn has quantified it.
*(Actually , just one conversation…a long story by my buddy Quinn about his weekend in Encino.)