I’ve been posting research on the infamous 10000 hours rule (check here, here and here). Now, in a new book “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise”, the original researchers reply on Gladwell who used their research: Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong: Our research was key to the 10,000-hour rule, but here’s what got oversimplified.
Some excerpts from the book/article:
“Unfortunately, this rule — which is the only thing that many people today know about the effects of practice — is wrong in several ways. (It is also correct in one important way, which we will get to shortly.) First, there is nothing special or magical about ten thousand hours. Gladwell could just as easily have mentioned the average amount of time the best violin students had practiced by the time they were eighteen — approximately seventy-four hundred hours — but he chose to refer to the…
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