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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