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Applying the 10,000 hour rule to writing

I’ve been reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and have just read chapter two about the 10,000 Hour Rule. This is new to me, though it has been around for a while. The theory is that in order to succeed you need to put in your apprenticeship first, working 10,000 hours to perfect your skill. Gladwell mentions:- – The Beatles [above] who broke America in 1964. Lennon and McCartney first started playing together seven years before in 1957. As a struggling school band, they were invited to Hamburg and played hundreds of concerts there between 1960-1964. By all accounts they were pretty awful on stage at the beginning. It was an accident that Liverpool bands were invited to Hamburg, but it gave them the chance to learn their craft on stage. – Mozart, whose first ‘masterpiece’ was at the age of 21 when he’d already been composing for 10 years. – Bobby Fischer, who became a chess grandmaster after nine years of playing. – Bill Joy [below], co-founder of Sun Microsystems, who just happened to live near the University of Michigan’s new Computer Centre at which he was able, as a teenager, to program for hours and hours. Like Bill Gates [bottom],
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