Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always innate genius or talent that makes an expert. It’s all about the hours of practice that are put in. 10,000 hours of practice to be exact. According to the 10,000 hour rule, if you practice your trade for 10,000 hours, or roughly 10 years, you will then be an expert.

Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers (the book about the 10,000 hour rule), explains that you don’t have to be born with a certain talent, that you CAN acquire it as long as 10,000 hours of practice are executed. And not just normal, old practice, but deliberate practice. This means constantly striving for improvement, monitoring your performance, evaluating your success, and working on the aspects that you aren’t so good at. If you do these things for the alotted time, you will be an expert according to this rule.

Gladwell used multipled famous people to prove his point. Bill Gates and the Beatles are just to name a few. Bill Gates spent well over 10,000 hours programming before he started Microsoft. And the Beatles spend over 10,000 hours performing before they made it big.

Check out this infographic presented by Zintro to learn more about the 10,000 hour rule and even some ways you can cheat it.


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