Since I have researched and used memory techniques, I know that a lot of people can benefit and start seeing the effects almost immediately after applying them. That may be enough for a guy who wants to improve his memory.
Now, there are currently several memory athletes that aim to be the next World Memory Champion, but some have not been able to, others have a great plateau and there is probably one that is on the right track.
So, what is necessary to achieve that goal?
Several great mental athletes have said that their success is due to intense training of mnemonic techniques. But is that all? Are there other factors that have helped them to be at that level?
I say it for the case that I’ve been thinking about. For example, Alex Mullen says that he only trains 30-60 minutes a day on average and when a competition approaches he arrives at 1.5 hours. Only with that decent amount of training has it allowed him to get the title in a short period of time. However, other athletes spend possibly more hours than Alex in their training, reaching 3-5 hours. There are also people who match their hours but have spent more years in the memory sport.
Of course, Alex does not share all same systems with other athletes, so it is very difficult to draw a very precise conclusion, but I hope they understand what I want to reach since it has not been the only case of exponential learning (Wang Feng reference there).
However, it may not be the hours dedicated to the practice, but very effective training. So what brings me to my question, how different are your training methods from the other athletes? Could it be that he has talent? Maybe he spends more hours?
Finally, will hard work be necessary? The talent? Effective training? Genetics? Supplements? All previous?
What are your thoughts?