10,000 hours later you are still going to be you
Consumed => “Book Review: ‘The Sports Gene’ by David Epsteiny” by Bryant Urstadt on Businessweek.
Full disclosure #1: I’m not a big Gladwell fan. He’s interesting and entertaining but his reputation for science is beyond his means.
Full disclosure #2: I have read a couple of Gladwell’s books. But I did not read Outliers.
That said, I’m thinking that Gladwell was misinterpreted. The idea is that to be exceptional the rule of thumb is (read: on average) you need to put in at least 10,000 hours. That’s not saying if you put in 10,000 hours you will be exceptional at a given skill. That’s not to say you might need less or more. Perhaps you have a magic gene for the skill in question. Good for you! That doesn’t necessarily make Gladwell wrong as much as it makes you lucky for finding your “exceptionality”.