Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
Readers have found the ideas that Gladwell raises in chapter two of
Outliers quiet fascinating. In particular, they have been drawn to
Gladwell’s discussion of the “10,000 hour rule,” that is, the notion
that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice for a person to gain a
truly remarkable mastery of a given skill. In other words, people would
have to work on perfecting their skills for approximately 20 hours a
week over the course of 10 years in order to acquire and display
exceptional degrees of expertise.
Gladwell cites the early careers of computer whizzes Bill Joy and Bill
Gates and The Beatles as examples of people who had achieved success in
large part because they had achieved their 10,000 hours of practice.
It’s worth noting that those who gain those 10,000 hours of practice
have unique resources and vital networks of support and opportunity.
What’s a useful or creative way that we could start thinking about the
10,000 hour rule or at least something comparable in terms of an
extended commitment to a field of study or talent here at SIUE? Is
something comparable (hundreds of hours as opposed to ten thousand) or even
possible given the demands and perhaps distractions of a general