Does 10,000 Hours Playing Equate with Excellence?
This is the generally accepted number of hours playing that world class classical musicians acquire on their road to excellence. Malcolm Gladwell described this concept a few years ago and anecdotal evidence across diverse fields support him. I would guess that the great Irish musicians followed a parallel course as world class classical musicians - beginning very early in life and strengthen by love of the music, personal discipline and supportive families. Do you think that one can take up the fiddle (other instrument) later in life and
with 3-4 hours o faithful playing/practice a day attain excellence at about the 10,00o hour mark?
Outliers: The Story of Success is a best selling non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell and published by Little, Brown and Company on November 18, 2008. In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. To support his thesis, he examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the calendar year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history, how Joseph Flom built Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom into one of the most successful law firms in the world, how cultural differences play a large part in perceived intelligence and rational decision making, and how two people with exceptional intelligence, Christopher Langan and J. Robert Oppenheimer, end up with such vastly different fortunes. Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the "10,000-Hour Rule", claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. (source Wiki)