Ask the Readers Do You Think the 10,000 Hour Rule is the Only Way to Become an Expert?

Updated: February 10, 2012

Caleb Wojcik

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"The thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder." - Malcolm Gladwell
Made recently popular by Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success, the 10,000 hour rule theory states: to become an expert in a field of study, it merely takes 10,000 hour of focus and practice on the topic at hand.

This equates to roughly 20 hours a week for 10 years.

I'd like to know: What do you think of the 10,000 hour theory? 

Do you think "putting in the the time" is the only way to reach expert status? Or do you think there are shortcuts to becoming an expert?

We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


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