Chapter 4What Relentless Innovators Have in Common

In any human endeavor, participants are sorted out according to abilities. Whenever we examine human exploits such as business or education, there is always an inevitable hierarchy that occurs. Achievement in athletic events provides excellent examples of this fact. Let’s consider basketball.

Basketball is played around the globe, with the height of achievement to join the United States National Basketball Association (NBA). Almost 350 colleges in the United States participate in Division 1 basketball.1 Each team has, on average, 12 players. Of these approximately 4,000 athletes, many hope to play in the NBA. Beyond Division 1 there are hundreds of other colleges and universities that field teams; ...

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