Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Writer

The 10,000 Hour Rule

Or, in other words that old saying, “Practice Makes Perfect” is true!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 10,000 Hour Rule, it stems from the book, “The Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. I have long had a similar theory that it takes someone 10 years to be successful at their chosen field. I came to this conclusion after noting that famous actors and singers seemed to hit the top tier of their success after pursuing their dream for around 10 years.

In Gladwell’s book, he suggests that pursuing something consistently for 10,000 hours will enable you to become an expert at it, whether that be playing the piano, tennis or computer programming. He gives examples such as Bill Gates and The Beatles and theorizes that it isn’t so much that these people have inherited talent or uncanny luck, but that they pursued their chosen field with incredible dedication and passion.

Basically, Gladwell’s message seems to be that anyone can be a success if they put in enough time and effort. And isn’t that what all of the success guru’s tell you as well? Keep pushing forward and don’t quit, never give up.

Zintro has a great chart that explains the rule:

So, choose your field, pursue it tirelessly (about 20 hours a week for 10 years) and you too, could realize amazing things!

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