10, 000 Hours Of Practice In Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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There is an old saying that almost everyone has heard at some point in their lives: “practice makes perfect.” But is this saying really true? In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, he examines the correlation between practice and success. He argues that one must put in 10,000 hours of practice in a certain area in order to be successful and “achieve mastery” in it. However, there has also been research done that contradicts Gladwell’s theory. While I agree with Gladwell’s overall idea that practice is a crucial component to being successful in any area, I do not believe that the 10,000 hour rule is an accurate generalization because some people pick things up quicker than others and it often depends on the quality of practice more than the amount.…show more content…
I have experienced seeing how practicing affects my skills overall. Without a doubt, practicing is an important factor of success; you cannot get better at something without working to improve. That being said, you cannot just slap a number down as the “magic number” for how much practice you need to become the best you can. You must take into account the quality of the practice and the speed at which each individual picks up new material. For example, I went through a period of time where I would “practice” guitar for half an hour a day. In reality, I was not practicing as well as I should have been; I would practice songs other than what I was supposed to be learning and not use my time efficiently overall. As a result, I moved through the material at an excruciatingly slow rate. But, when I got my act together and starting genuinely practicing for thirty minutes every day, I began improving again and eventually got back to learning at the pace I had been at before. The issue at hand was not the length of my practice, it was the fact that I was not practicing the way I should have been. Even if I had gotten ten thousand hours of practicing in, it would not have much of a difference if I had been practicing…show more content…
Throughout the book, Gladwell talks about other ingredients to success such as culture, opportunities, and upbringing. He discusses how people who are brought up in middle-upper class families are more likely to be assertive and get what they want, and how when Korean pilots began speaking English, they performed better and were responsible for less plane crashes than before. He repeatedly makes claims about how one thing or another is more likely to guarantee success to an individual. How is the reader supposed to know what is really going to help them become successful? There certainly is not enough time to just go from one method to another until the end goal is finally reached. Gladwell’s hypocrisy throughout the book not only disproves his own claims, but makes the reader less likely to buy into these claims in the first

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