The 10,000 Hour Rule

In his excellent and interesting book, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell posits that those individuals who achieve brilliance in what they do – examples being Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, to name a few – expend in the area of 10,000 hours of practice to achieve the mastery of their given pursuits. (A fascinating book and highly recommended.)

Which is a segue into this YouTube video featuring some musicians who have obviously put in their 10,000 hours.

Thanks to Instapundit for the link.


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2 Responses to “The 10,000 Hour Rule”

  1. Gary Says:

    The long hours of hard work that is required for success is something that media pundits do not emphasize enough.

    Somehow, the impression is given that success just happens serendipitously.

    An even darker and dirtier secret is pretty obvious once we think about it for a few minutes. A lot of success is just luck of the genetic draw. Some people [perhaps not us] are just born better than other folks.


    • totalrecoil Says:

      Gladwell also notes that opportunity is key to being able to make those 10,000 hours of practice. If you aren’t fortunate enough to be born into a situation where you can log those 10,000 hours there is a good chance that you will never achieve that level of skill. Genetics and determination aren’t quite enough – you have to be in the right place at the right time. Not to say that life isn’t fair…….

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