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Malcolm Gladwell on the 10,000 hour Rule

WHAT IS THE THOUSAND HOUR RULE?

The 10,000 Hour Rule — closely associated with pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell — may not be much of a rule at all. The principle holds that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field.

His examples included:

  • Bill Gates, who was able to start coding as a teen since he attended a progressive Seattle high school
  • the Beatles, who played eight-hour gigs in German clubs long before they invaded America

Those opportunities to practice early and often — along with precocious talent — allowed them to respectively invent software and modern rock and roll.

 

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