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May 5, 2009

10 000 hour rule – more articles.

The more and more I get through the book Outliers (which I highly recommend you buy) I am astounded by this 10 000 hour rule, as well as the ability to be in the right place at the right time. The author speaks of so many stories of being in the right place, with a bit of luck, and the right skill, to get the big break.

One of the cases which comes to fruition in my mind is a wonderful business called Obox Design – the brothers Perel to me, have the right attitude, and were lucky enough to be born into a family who support them and their father gave them the right tools to get the job done. Malcolm Gladwell talks about someone who might give you the opportunity, as well as having the talent to make the “threshold” i.e. being smart enough. IN basketball, you can be 6ft2 or 6ft8 and have the same talent – but the guy who puts in the work, and who might have had a set of parents wealthy enough to get them into a premium school, would be the guy who got ahead on the road to success.

Success is never something which you achieve alone. I have no doubt they have their 10 000 hours in, and that their business is going to incredible, and that indeed, we will see them both retired by the time they get to my age.

Anyhow, here are some more articles on the 10 000 hour rule. Next article – we will go into your birth date and how that affected your youth, and your success in life. It will have a profound effect on how you approach parenthood.

1. Seth Godin on 10 000 hours.

2. This is London’s take on it.

3. A YouTube video about it.

4. Artsjournal has a stab at the topic with relation to music.

5. Lou Schuler has a go!

That should keep you busy for a while, and get your mind going.

One Comment on “10 000 hour rule – more articles.

David Perel
May 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

shweeet 🙂

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