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I recently picked up the book by Malcom Gladwell, The Outliers.
The second chapter in the new book Outliers is titled The 10,000-Hour Rule. Malcolm Gladwell shares his research about people who become the best in their field, after putting in at least 10,000 hours of preparation.
”The closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.”
Whether it’s Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, the Beatles, Mozart, or Warren Buffet, one can only get to their best after putting in 10,000 hours. If you put in 40 hours a week, that’s 5 years. If you only put in 10 hours a week, it will take 20 years. It’s the sheer hours of work that will set you apart from the rest.
Now, have you started to put in that 10,000 hours? My own personal experience of improvement indeed came after hours and years of sheer practicing for hours and hours everyday. It has indeed shown over my last 10 years of singing.
Understand that you don’t have to be born with extraordinary talent. Just find your passion and put in that 10,000 hours of practice and doing. You’ll surpass those with more natural talent and find success that you have never dreamt of. Nurture surpasses Nature.
Well, the only thing I don't quite agree on is that the book states that music teachers are those who put in less hours; I guess that is only true for those who didn't choose to be teachers but were assigned to be due to the lack of ability to perform professionally. Those who put in 10,000 hours to master their teaching skills; that will be one awesome music teacher. Well, at leas that is my goal.