Practice Not As Important As Thought For Success | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it
A new study shows that the "10,000 hour rule" might be a lot less important than previously touted. 
In 1993, K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues published a paper suggesting that practicing for 10,000 hours was how many people made it to the top of their fields. The paper, which looked at elite violinists at the Music Academy of West Berlin, was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book “Outliers.” Gladwell again harped on the concept in a2013 New Yorker piece. Gladwell’s emphatic kicker stated, “In cognitively demanding fields, there are no naturals.”


A new study may give Gladwell pause. According to Popular Science, a scientific study published in the journal Intelligence states, ”we have empirical evidence that deliberate practice, while important, is not as important as Ericsson has argued it is — evidence that it does not largely account for individual differences in performance.”