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Thursday, January 25, 2007

10,000 hours

... ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert -- in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again. Ten thousand hours is the equivalent to roughly three hours per day, or twenty hours per week, of practice over ten years. Of course, this doesn't address why some people don't seem to get anywhere when they practice, and why some people get more out of their practice sessions than others. But no one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
Yes, 10,000 hours!

What have you done for this long?

From This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin. I am continuing to work my way through this book which is full of such thought provoking quotes as noted here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:42 PM) : 

in this work the author goes on to say three hours a day for ten years would supplement this amount of time. It would be easy to assume that a great deal of passion would be required to donate such an amount of time to any field. so what your passion?


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