Does It Really Take 10,000 hours?

Jay Colby

The 10,000 hour rule is a theory that states that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. According to aficionados of this rule the common factor of the amount of time we practice in a particular skill within any area of study which is about 90 minutes per day for 20 years of practice. Anyone can become an expert or mastery in that particular skill. This topic has been highly publicized and criticized in the media. Many people have passionate views on the matter. However this question deserves a bit more than a simple yes or no answer. It deserves an open mind and a balanced analysis of the potential flaws, downsides and positives of this theory.

Practice is Critical

Although many media outlets view the 10,000 hour rule as a myth. Having more experience does help contribute to expertise. For example, if you practice a particular skill for…

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