Do You Believe The 10,000 Hour Rule?

Have you ever read the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell? He has been one of the more vocal voices of this rule. What is it? I do recommend that you take a look at the book (it is excellent) but the theory basically says that the causes of success have much more to do with practice than we generally think. Yes, ability helps but the theory says that in general, someone can master a skill by putting 10,000 hours of practice into it.

Could anyone become the next Beatles of music or the next Bill Gates of the tech world by putting an extraordinary amount of hours? They both put in more than 10,000 hours in their early days which certainly contributed to their success.




Some individuals are putting that theory to test. Dan McLaughlin quit his day job in 2010 in order to commit himself to playing golf for 10,000 hours. Think it sounds crazy? Wait till you hear that the guy had never even played a full 18 holes of golf. His trying to become a professional golf player. 3 years or so later, through some unconventional methods, he is now able to play par and continues to write about his progress on Will he make it? Time will tell I guess. He is now at 5900 hours of playing golf. If he ends up playing in the PGA at some point in the next few years, would that be enough to convince you?

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I’m guessing that a big part of this is also being able to be extremely productive when trying to learn. I’m a big believer in methods that Tim Ferriss talks about in his books (especially in the 4 Hour Chef) and I loved this recent video about Accelerated Learning:

I personally find all of this very encouraging and I’ll be very curious to see if over the years more information comes out supporting this theory. Already, some have expressed doubts about this theory working at all times but I guess time will tell…

What do you think? Have you ever considered the 10,000 hour rule? Is talent and natural ability overrated?

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