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10,000 Hours? Deliberate Practice Expert Challenges Our Assumptions

deep_practice_brooke_macanamara_10,000_hours_rule_1Does practice really make perfect? Skill acquisition

How much of athletic performance is actually down to thousands of hours of so-called deliberate practice? Maybe not as much as you think…

This week we go in depth on the topic with the lead author of a newly published research paper that many in the world of high performance are scratching their heads about.

Brooke Macnamara was recently awarded her PhD by Princeton University and is now on the faculty of Case Western University. She and colleagues David Hambrick and Frederick Oswald are the authors of Deliberate Practice and Performance in Music, Games, Sports, Education and Professions: A Meta Analysis.

Findings: Early specialization does not usually lead to high-level performance.

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Mentions: 10,000 Hours Rule, Skill acquisition, Deliberate Practice, Anders Ericsson, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle, The Sports Gene, David Epstein