Become an Expert with the 10000 Hour Rule
Practice Makes Perfect with the 10000 Hour Rule
Here's the good news. If you want to become an expert in your field, be that art, sport or business - you can. Contrary to popular belief, it's not always innate genius or talent that will make you a success, it's the hours that you put in, which means that ANYONE can do it.
I first came across the 10000 hour rule or ten year rule a few years ago when I read Learning from Wonderful Lives by Nick Baylis and immediately it made sense. I just wish that I had discovered this when I was younger!
I've put this lens together to act as a comprehensive reference tool for anyone interested in the 10000 Hour Rule. Hopefully it will help you to fulfill your dreams.
What Is the 10000 Hour Rule?
The 10000 Hour Rule is just that. This is the idea that it takes approximately 10000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill.
For instance, it would take 10 years of practicing 3 hours a day to become a master in your subject. It would take approximately 5 years of full-time employment to become proficient in your field. Simply work out how many hours you have already achieved and calculate how many more you need to clock up before you reach 10000.
Links that Discuss the 10000 Hour Rule
- Expert Performance and Deliberate Practice
An updated excerpt from Ericsson (2000). Some notes on the original research.
- Secrets of Greatness - CNN
What makes Tiger Woods great? What made Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett the world's premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffett told Fortun
- Outstanding Performers: Created, Not Born?
NEW RESULTS ON NATURE VS. NURTURE BY DAVID R. SHANKS from Science Spectra, 1999, Number 18.Outstanding levels of performance in areas such as memory, chess,sports or music are commonly ascribed to innate talent. Dr. David Shanks of University College
- The Guardian Newspaper - Outliers
In an extract from Outliers: The Story Of Success, Malcolm Gladwell questions the idea of natural genius
Link to the Outliers excerpt on Gladwell.com
The 10000 Hour Rule - where do I find out more?
Malcolm Gladwell's book has sparked off a lot of interest and debate about the 10000 hour rule. This is a great starting point and reveals many surprising examples of the rule at work.
A slightly different perspective from Gladwell's, but along the same lines.
This is a fantastic reference book for anyone interested in the art of success and wellbeing. Pricey, but worth it and with a chapter on the 10000 hour rule.
Squidoo Hour Poll
How many hours have you put into Squidoo?
Bill Gates on Expertise: 10,000 Hours and a Lifetime of Fanaticism
Bill Gates talks about Gladwell's theories in this video clip and relates the 10000 hour rule to his own success. It's about being committed, perhaps even fanatical and never quitting. He also mentions luck, but he says that if you practice for long enough, luck will eventually come your way.