Considering Gladwell’s ‘10,000 Hour Rule’

Some interesting patterns are beginning to emerge as I meet and record people who have achieved a level of success that has distinguished them in their field of endeavor.  To date, and without exception, each has found and become involved in their particular life’s work before the age of twelve.  And, once found, they never looked back as their interest became their passion and the driving force in their life.   This calls to mind Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers.  In it he repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

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