Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What Can You Do in 10,000 Hours?

Does practice really make perfect? According to Malcolm Gladwell in "Outliers: The Story of Success," 10,000 hours can transform any ordinary person to greatness. Researchers claim that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice is the "magic number" to master a skill and become an expert at anything you put your mind to.

Contrary to popular belief, it's not always talent that makes one successful, but rather the effort and practice put forth that can make a person great.

Have you ever seen a kid who enjoys sports practice every opportunity he gets? You'll likely notice him get progressively better and soon become pretty good. Coincidence? Not likely.

If you dedicate three hours a day to something, it will still take you nearly 10 years to become an expert. So how do you dedicate enough time to become really good at something? It's easy... make your job something you enjoy doing.

While the amount of time it takes to become an expert may remain debatable, nearly everyone can agree that the secret to success isn't a secret at all. It's work.

For more information on Malcolm Gladwell's work, visit his website: http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/

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