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Evaluating Your Own Genetics and Family History
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Welcome Avatar! We’re creating a fun and differentiated post here. Noting earlier today that one of the tells for “bad genetics for sports” is early maturation/puberty. As an example when you think back to your childhood you’ll recognize that a large number of girls who were the “hot ones” at your school were typically: 1) a tad shorter, 2) larger more developed chest/hips and 3) typically have a sharper face similar to guys with a strong jawline.
For men, it’s pretty similar as well. Tells for people with early puberty/bad genetics are: 1) fast developing facial hair - think shaving daily before college, 2) sudden loss of facial fat with height approaching their parents and 3) a thicker/heavier lower eyelid (obicularis oculi muscle).
This is all related to something called Telomeres. Instead of going on and on about this, perhaps the phrase “bad genetics for sports” is a bit rough but the point stands.
The later you go through growth spurts/puberty the better since it means you have more time to build foundational items. This relates heavily to sports and even studying as well!
Most will only recognize the sports angle as they see before and after of people who were good in high school vs. good in college. (Hint: large number of people have huge performance bumps in college - others effectively flat line from Sr. high school performance - big issue in female sports due to earlier development)
Before moving on, for those with a diverse high school, ever notice that there was always a few Persian/middle eastern guys whoseemed to get tons of girlfriends as they always looked a few years older? Now… look up the number of middle eastern Olympic athletes. (alright we did it for you since this is a free post).
At this point you should be saying “wow that’s directionally correct and weird!”. Unless you’re a strange Karen trying to “prove” why there are not a lot of Indian/Middle Eastern people represented in the Olympics, you’ll be able to notice this trend *related to all people*.
You should even think about that “one guy” who made varsity as a freshman for football and basketball but just never got any better. Or that “one girl” who made varsity volleyball but never got recruited since her performance flat-lined. It’s typically due to genetics vs. coaching for performance to be that weak.
Karen Avoidance Note: There is nothing “functionally” wrong with hitting puberty earlier. It just represents a stress response system. This is purely related to physical functionality and why all those “scouts” want to “meet the parents”. More below…
Evaluate Your Own Genetics and Family Tree
Okay hopefully you are interested now. Here’s the more important part once you accept that genetics is a large part of life. We’ll be the first ones to tell you the following: anyone can be a millionaire.
Anyone can get to even $3-5 million. When you start to look at $20M+ you require some luck or incredible genetics (sorry that’s how it goes!). All you can really do is max out your genetics gifts and hope for a lucky break! This assumes you’ve done everything right and made it to a mid-level 7-figure net worth.
Ask About Your Family
We’re aware. This is 2023 where many people grow up without half of the parents there. It could be due to divorce or bad luck. Nothing you can personally do about it.
What you can do is utilize the internet and dig around for as much information on what your history has shown. This doesn’t mean “just mom and dad”. It means look at: 1) mom, 2) dad, 3) uncles, 4) aunts, 5) grand parents and 6) cousins.
At this point you have a pretty wide range of starting points. We can all but guarantee that if you find out that the majority ran the 100M dash… and were running backs in high school… that you will not become the next Tour De France competitor.
Similarly, if you find out that there were a lot of musicians, we’re guessing there is a high chance a lot of them were quite good at math. There is a high correlation there for some reason.
Finally, if for some reason you find a lot of people in your family went into extremes (such as sky diving instructor) you may be predisposed to adrenaline seeking. No different than a history of cardiac failure. Spot the trend and take notes!
Step One - Body Type Evaluation
We’ve said this many times online. You’re free to make fun of sports ball. That said, you’re kind of admitting that you were not that good at it. Anyone who was “good” (drawing the line at get to go to college for free) is extremely in tune with their bodies.
They are forced to self evaluate and pick up other sports quickly not because they are more athletic (it helps) but because they can also tell if they are being taught by a poor coach. Once you learn self evaluation it actually translates to work. You’re able to pin point your own strengths and weaknesses.
For this we’ll use the human body as a simple example. Based on skeletal framework alone you can immediately tell where you’re going to stand on the scale 99/100 times. (Ectomorph - thin, mesomorph - medium, endomorph - wide and large)
Just based on this you already know what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Person in position 1 should never try to be a linebacker in the NFL. Person in the end should never try to run a 10,000 meter or compete in the Tour De France. Person in the middle in is “maximum pain” which means something like the Decathalon.
If you want more nuanced views, someone between ecto-meso is what you’re going to see in a sport like tennis. In a sport like basketball you might actually see all three (Kevin Durant being a strange ectomorph player, Charles Barkley on the other end as endomorph). In a sport like the NFL you’ll see more people in the Meso-Endo range.
Before people jump in with their “but exception”, they are exceptions because they are world class. Usain Bolt does not look like a typical 100M runner and if you line up the past ~100 top sprinters, none are ectomorph. He was a freak of nature hence why he owns the world records.
If you have a thin bone structure you tilt to endurance/agility. If you have a thick bone structure you tilt to strength/sturdiness.
Play Scratch Off: Instead of worrying about which direction to go down, learn to eliminate. Do the following: 1) take the family tree and then 2) take your body type. This will get you a starting point. Any genetic freak talents (Arnold Schwarzenegger type lotto winners) will be picked up by someone along the way. So. Don’t worry about “missing it”.
If your family line has a history of good throwing abilities (baseball pitcher for example) go and test your skills across any throwing related activities. Similarly, if your family had a history in music go ahead and try a few instruments. Get started early and you’ll know instantly if you’re good or not. Hint: if you’re competing *up* in age brackets you’re onto something. If you’re competing with your own age band, you might be good but nothing special.
Autist Note: When the top colleges come to meet you and your son/daughter they are not meeting you to sell you on the school. They are meeting you to figure out what the upside is on your child. Don’t be fooled, it isn’t a game to them. They want to win. If you have two kids with the same performance numbers but one kid looks like a baby compared to his hulk sized parents… Ya’ll know who gets the full ride and who gets the partial scholarship. Upside potential is clear.
Extra juice. Do you really think the scouts are asking “who are his parents” while at the events because they want to say hello? No. They want to get a glimpse of the future body type before even making their lists.
We’re sure you’re all aware of the various Twin Studies. The conclusion was that there was a high chance of similar outcomes of *identical* twins. “Comparing jobs held by each member of twin pairs, researchers found evidence that twins tended to hold jobs with similar degrees of mental complexity, physical demands and physical coordination requirements.” - source
Before more “but’s” come in, there is always going to be an exception to the rule. If a family has say 10 different kids, probabilities begin to impact the equation a lot since genetic composition can be vastly different.
Perhaps one of them gets all the “good genes” and another one gets all the bad ones. No amount of nurturing is going to teach someone to jump 45” in the air or play like Chopin at age 7. Luck matters. We’re simply using your family tree as a directional guide.
“But My Family Never Started a Business”: This might be true, but you’re also assuming they attempted one in the first place. Take a family with a history in being good at say welding. Despite all the hate trades get, from the ivory tower of Wall Street, there is nothing preventing you from starting a welding *company*.
If you find that your family has a history of any profession, even something like accounting, you could go in that direction and simply “bet more” on the success of that profession - starting your own firm.
Time is Never On Your Side
As usual, there is nothing wrong with trying a bit of everything to make sure nothing was missed. This was designed to help people create self awareness and self assessment. As an example, if we were to work in something like emotional support, we’d be fired in five seconds and rightfully so.
A good barometer for further digging is the two-week check. Really. If you try something for two weeks and no one says “wow you’re getting good extremely fast”, it is time to switch gears and try something else. Talent is 100% real. The hard part is really figuring out what that talent is.
For what it is worth, outside of 1/1,000,000 lotto type odd balls, the vast majority know if they have a knack for something within a couple weeks. If it’s a constant hassle to get the basics down… and you hear people murmur things like “this guy/girl is mission impossible”, that is your queue to exit stage left.
The good news is you’re now smart enough to exit stage left and not care.
You’re one attempt closer to figuring out what you’re good at.
Once you pass that you’re practically guaranteed to low 7-figures since anyone can get there.
You’re one step closer to making it.
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