Become a Pro Athlete after 10,000 Hours of Practice? One Guy is Testing the Theory

Updated: October 29, 2012

Corbett Barr

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Dan McLaughlin is undergoing an incredible self experiment.

He has set out to answer the question: could anyone (regardless of talent, age, financial means or prior ability) really become an expert at something with 10,000 hours of deliberate practice?

In this episode of The Expert Enough Show, Corbett Barr sits down with Dan McLaughlin of to find out.

Dan is testing the 10,000 hour rule by trying to become a professional golfer through 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. His goal is to make the PGA Tour.

He's already 3,300 hours of the way there and now has a 6 handicap (better than 93% of golfers), despite never playing a full 18 holes before he started the experiment.

Watch or listen to this episode to find out more about why (and how) he is doing it and what he has learned so far.

You won't want to miss Dan's story about how he has quit his job to pursue golf full-time without ANY prior experience.

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