Tuesday, February 16, 2010
10,000 Hour Rule and Outliers
Gladwell cites the early careers of computer whizzes Bill Joy and Bill Gates as well as the rock group 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, of course, that those who acquire that many practice hours had unique resources and vital networks of support and opportunity.
Given the demands (and distractions?) of a general college education, which includes attention to multiple courses and subject-matter, should students here be thinking seriously about gaining thousands of hours practicing in a particular area of study? Or, should the priority be to focus on gaining hundreds of hours in a few areas of study?