The 10,000 hour rule is a theory that states that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. According to aficionados of this rule the common factor of the amount of time we practice in a particular skill within any area of study which is about 90 minutes per day for 20 years of practice. Anyone can become an expert or mastery in that particular skill. This topic has been highly publicized and criticized in the media. Many people have passionate views on the matter. However this question deserves a bit more than a simple yes or no answer. It deserves an open mind and a balanced analysis of the potential flaws, downsides and positives of this theory.
Practice is Critical
Although many media outlets view the 10,000 hour rule as a myth. Having more experience does help contribute to expertise. For example, if you practice a particular skill for a two day period most likely you will not master it, but if you practice that same skill over and over again with time you can become skilled. While practice is critical how you spend your practice matters even more no one can achieve greatness by repeating the same thing over and over again. We all need to be confronted by different and new challenges and learn how to solve them. The mind is great at pattern-matching then if you come across a problem similar to one you had in the past chances are it will be easier to solve.
Is 10,000 Hours Necessary
Opponents of this rule tend to disagree with the idea that it really takes 10,000 hours to become an ‘expert’. Many experts argue that this theory is not a magic number that greatness atomically happens when you make it to 10,000 hours. Although throughout my research I have found that many experts have been quoted to say that “majority of the reliable variance unexplained expertise is more than likely explainable by other factors than the 10,000 theory”. Simply said, practice is needed but practice alone won’t make you an expert. Also other factors that can come into play are the age you started, intelligence or lack of resources. I found this to be interesting because this does bring to light that the theory might have some truth but also has some flagrant flaws.
There plenty of other circumstances factor into success but it’s worth taking a closer look at what this could potentially mean for our ultimate success. If you’re working towards a goal or dream that requires you to be an expert or be highly skilled like writing or being a professional in any occupation. It can be difficult to apply 10,000 hour rule. If you find another way that works for you, though, you should see huge improvements based on putting your time and effort into the right kind of practice. Let me know in the comment section what has worked for you and do you think it takes 10,000 to become or an expert in a particular skill? Comment Below & if you liked this post please share!
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