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A Genius in 10,000 Hours | The Future of the Mind

January 30th, 2014

According to psychologist Dr. K. Anders Ericsson and colleagues, who studied master violinists at Berlin’s elite Academy of Music, top concert violinists could easily rack up 10,000 hours of grueling practice by the time they are 20 years old, practicing over 30 hours per week. By contrast, he found that students who were merely exceptional studied only 8,000 hours or less, and future music teachers only practiced a total of 4,000 hours. Neurologist Daniel Levitin says, “The emerging picture from such studies is that 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.” Malcolm Gladwell, writing in the Outliers, calls this the “10,000 hour rule.”


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