Practice Makes Perfect: 10,000 Hours to be Exact

Have you ever wondered, “If I just put the time into that business, sport or other hobby I could have mastered it?” Well, Dan is out to prove that theory.

The theory is that if you put in 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” you can master anything you would like.  Research on this theory was first conducted by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University.  This 10,000 hour theory was made popular by the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

So what is The Dan Plan? Well Dan decided to quit his job and put the 10,000 hour theory to the test. He chose golf for his skill to master.  Keep in mind that golf is very difficult to master! Dan has practiced 6 hours a day for around 3 years and has a total of 3,100 hours logged so far, as of July 26th 2012.  He plays everyday, even if it means playing in the freezing rain.  Some clips show him with a rain jacket on playing golf. He started out 3 ft. from the hole and only a putter for an entire month. Gradually, he added more clubs to his repertoire.  Talk about a smart approach to mastering golf.

I believe that hard work heavily outweighs natural talent, and I also believe most of us have no idea what 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” really is.  Maybe we all just try to take on way too much in the beginning that we forget to learn about the basics.  I hope Dan proves that success can be achieved by anyone, as long as they are putting in the work and practicing to get better.  Perfect practice makes perfect. With that being said, keep in mind that Dan is practicing in creative ways and very intelligent ways. It is also possible to practice many hours and get an average amount accomplished.

So what do you think? Can 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” make you master any skill or sport?

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One thought on “Practice Makes Perfect: 10,000 Hours to be Exact

  1. Having had an issue with perfectionism, I prefer the notion: practice makes permanent, in place of practice makes perfect. Perfection is an unreasonable goal. What I think deliberate practice can do is make something stick. Thanks for the thoughtful post. It got me curious to know more about Dan’s success.

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