Professional Sports, Or Programmers And Public Speaking?

Whom does the following quote describe: athletes or developers?

The attainment of certain skills unavoidably gives rise to an urge to show them off. At a higher level of mastery, the performer no longer wishes merely to display his virtuosity—for the true connoisseur can easily distinguish between the performer who plays to the crowd and the superior artist who matches himself against the full rigor of his art itself—but to ratify a supremely difficult accomplishment; to give pleasure; to forge a bond between himself and his audience, a shared appreciation of a ritual executed not only flawlessly but with much feeling and with a sense of style and proportion.

The author is talking about professional sports, but it strikes me that the same thing is true of programmers who although being intraverted still have a desire to speak in front of an audience. Via A Hail Mary, A Deep Connection « Gucci Little Piggy.

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