How to be Perfect – It Only Takes 10,000 Hours!

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, there is much discussion of the ’10,000-hour rule.’  The rule states that it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to truly have mastery of any skill – whether it be playing bass guitar, web development, skateboarding, or ping-pong playing.

Two of Gladwell’s strongest examples are Bill Gates and The Beatles. The empowering message here is not that Bill Gates or The Beatles are freaks of nature or flukes, but that they each had over 10,000 of dedication to their chosen craft.  While we may not all be as quippy clever and musically gifted as the Beatles or as doggedly determined in cracking codes as Bill Gates, the message is we all have what it takes to succeed – if we dedicate the time and type of attention required.

Of course, factors like luck and privilege can open doors that would stay shut, but the reality is that there truly is little substitute for 10,000 hours of work.  Here’s an inspiring infographic which explains it.

This infographic, created for the blog Zintro by Nowsourcing, takes a closer look at practice and the 10,000-hour rule.  As the Buddha says; “What you are is what you have been.  What you’ll be is what you do now.” Of course, as Kurt Cobain said, “Practice makes perfect, but nobody’s perfect, so why practice?”


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