Danish author, motivational speaker and former soccer player Rasmus Ankersen released his book The Goldmine Effect
earlier this year, presenting provacative ideas about how to succeed in the world of athletics.
Though based in London, he traveled to countries around the world to observe the training practices of world class athletes in places like South Korea, Russia and Jamaica.
He learned that it's not necessarily the quality of the facilities used
that makes for successful training, but what is put forth from the
athletes - and from an early age.
He argues that it's beneficial
for parents to push their kids from the beginning,and that sacrifice is
par for the course in the sporting world. "If you want to be world
class at what you do," he says, "there's a price to pay."
He speaks to Jian about the good and bad ways in which parents can push their children, as well as the subjectivity of success.Original show aired April 20, 2013