Ten Thousand Hours of Painting
Study: Author K. Anders Ericsson
Academy of Music
"The idea that excellence at performing a compex task requires a critical, minimal, level of practice, surfaces again and again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they beleive is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
"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", writes the neurologist Daniel Levitin. "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. Of course, this doesn't address why some people get more out of their practice sessions than others do. But no one has yet found a case, in which true world class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long that to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery."
author: Malcolm Gladwell
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