The Magic Number of Greatness

Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness

– Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers

Just read this article in Harvard Business Review. According to Malcolm Gladwell and Geoffrey Colvin, becoming great at anything — whether it’s art, business, sports etc. — requires ten years of practice and 1,000 hours of practice every year.

It’s repetitive, which means that when it’s time to perform for real (sinking a putt, pitching a product), you don’t feel the pressure. It’s informed by continuous feedback; practice only works if you can see how you’re improving. And it isn’t much fun, which isn’t all bad. “It means that most people won’t do it,” Colvin says.

– Bill Taylor, Harvard Business Review

One Comment

  1. Sara
    Posted December 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Yah! There is a whole section on that in “This is Your Brain on Music” by Daniel Levitin. I just leant it to Chris; a very interesting read!!!