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Deliberate practice makes perfect

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, he presents 10,000 as the magic number of practice hours a person must devote to achieve mastery.  This popular but simplistic view assumes that anyone can achieve mastery given the requisite number of hours.

Other books, such as the Art of Learning and the Talent Code, respect the enormous distinction between practice and deliberate practice.

The moral is that while the success of many experts can be correlated to a minimum number of practice hours, mastery can be attained much more quickly by optimizing practice/training for quality, focus, and intensity over quantity of hours.

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