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10,000 hours

This is a guest post by The Urban Blabbermouth. Comments are welcome!                                                      ~ Malcolm Galdwell, in his book Outliers, said that a person can become an expert after 10,000 hours of practice.  Confession: I have not read this particular book, although I did read some of his New Yorker articles on his website.

As a sports fan, I am thinking of successful athletes.  Maybe the 10,000 hours holds there.  Hard to tell.  Many of the athletes have been playing their sport since they were babies.  Tiger Woods's dad started him on golf early.  By age 15, he probably exceeded 10,000 hours.  Same for the Williams sisters in tennis. Their dad started them on tennis when they were 5 years old.  So how can one separate the natural skill that one is born with from the 10,000 hours of practice?  No one knows.

The 10,000 hours practice benchmark seems to apply in some unexpected areas.  One might think of sports or playing music where hours of practice requ…