You Don’t Need 10,000 Hours To Get Good at Something

Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule by writing about it in his “Outliers.”

Gladwell wrote: 

It takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills and materials, like playing the violin or getting as good as Bill Gates at computer programming.

It may not be entirely accurate.

Anders Ericsson, the researcher behind the ‘10,000-Hour Rule,’ says good teaching matters, not just practice.

It is crucial who teaches you and how you learn a skill.

So find the best teachers to learn from.

Billionaire Jessie Itzler invited David Goggins to stay at his home to teach him his ways.

But you don’t have to be a billionaire to learn from the top experts.

You can use platforms like MasterClass and Studio to learn from the world’s top experts in different fields.

I’d say ditch the usual path and get on the alternative path as I’ve proposed below.

The usual path:

Wait for 10 years to complete 10,000 hours in your chosen field and get good at it.

The alternative path:

Get 10,000 hours level expertise in 6 months by deliberate practice and direct learning from masters.

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