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The 10,000 Hour Rule of Success

June 10, 2015

I first came across the 10,000 Hour Rule of Success when I read Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller “Outliers: The Story of Success”, a book I recommend to every young person.

In that book, Gladwell examines some of the factors that contribute to high levels of success. And to support his thesis, he examines, among other things, how Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth; how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history; how cultural differences play a large part in perceived intelligence and rational decision making; and how two people with exceptional intelligence, end up with such vastly different fortunes.

Throughout the book, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to achieving world class expertise or success in any skill, is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours.

Gladwell explains that reaching the 10,000-Hour Rule, which he considers the key to success in any field, is simply a matter of practicing a specific task that can be accomplished with 20 hours of work a week for 10 years.

In other words, if we are to achieve world class success or expertise, in any field of our chosen endeavour, we should practice for at least 10,000 hours, for 10 years.

To become a success, or better put, a world class success isn’t a child’s play. It is a serious business. Very few of us are gifted. The majority of us must work extremely hard to become successful. And when we do practice very hard, we can beat the gifted amongst us anytime we meet them.

The good news is that we can start NOW!



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  1. hussein jibril permalink

    Mr.Mahmoud may Allah bless you abundantly. You’re my mentor. I really love you.

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