The emerging picture from such studies is that 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert–in anything. In study after study of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals and what have you, the number comes up again and again. Of course, this doesn’t address why some people get more out of their practice sessions than others do. But no one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
Malcolm Gladwell 10000 Hours Quote
One the more interesting stories Malcolm highlights is how the Beatles acquired their 10K. He explains that John Lennon and Paul McCartney had been together since 1957. They honed their skills in all places strip clubs in Hamburg Germany.
Apparently the strip club was open for 24 hours and the bands that played would do so in 8 hour shifts. The Beatles would do their stint in Hamburg and return to Liverpool with countless hours of practice under their belt. From it they acquired a tight sound, knew how to keep crowds entertained, and became seasoned veterans in a short time period.
For myself, I’ve already acquired over 10,000 hours in the teaching profession. For the past few years I’ve been focusing on learning and implementing marketing strategies in the Internet marketing space.
It would have been easy to initially ‘give-up’ when the results of my marketing appeared fruitless. I think that’s where failure comes from – giving up – not paying your dues.
Along the way to expert status one learns what works, what doesn’t and finds mentors that can shave years off the learning curve.
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