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Sunday, June 28, 2009

How many hours do you have logged? OR how deep do your roots go?

How many hours have you logged?

In Geoff Colvin's book, Talent Is Overrated he talks about the 10 Year Rule.

The one thing that all expertise theorists agree on is that it takes enormous effort to build these structures in the mind. Simon coined a psychological law of his own, the 10-year rule, which states that it takes approximately a decade of heavy labor to master any field. Even child prodigies, such as Gauss in mathematics, Mozart in music and Bobby Fischer in chess, must have made an equivalent effort, perhaps by starting earlier and working harder than others.

In Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers he talks about the rule of 10 thousand hours.

Ten thousand hours! Why so long? Exeperts such as Daniel Levitin, the author of This Is Your Brain On Music, and Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers: The Story of Success figure that it takes ten thousand hours of practice to become an expert in almost anything.

In nature we see that the bamboo plant grows very little in the first 10 years. It spends those years establishing it's root system. After that time period it can grow up to 100 feet per year.

Figure it out.. take the time to determine how many hours you have logged. How deep are your roots. Then calculate how long it will take you to get where you are going.

Coach Paul

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