In part, success boils down to a magic number: 10,000 hours of practice. What does Lee think of that?

“I haven’t counted – I’m afraid to count,” Lee said. “What if it’s not 10,000 yet? I think it’s very accurate in another sense. People become famous when they’re young, but they don’t peak until their 20s. I don’t think that just comes from 10,000 hours of practice but from experiences. When you’re young, you have instincts, and those instincts guide you the right way. After a period of time those instincts don’t suffice. You need something to pull on. You need your experiences. You need your emotions. You need a deeper understanding of what you’re doing and what you want to do and what’s going on around you.”

I read it here.

Yikes! I’ve been going downhill since my 20s? That would mean over 30 years of downhill.

Oh. But I was no prodigy. So do I peak later then? I’m still waiting ….

4 Comments

  1. Oh to be 15 again – completely clueless, yet so full of potential!

  2. So true, Gordon! Sigh.

  3. The 10,000 hour ‘rule’ was described by Malcolm Gladwell in his wonderful book ‘Outliers’. It’s a collection of loosely related essays in which he shows, among other things, that if you add up the numbers for the time spent in preparation for most advanced occupations, the time works out to around 10,000 hours. The Beatles, for instance, had played 3 shows a day, 6 days a week for several years in German clubs, before their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show…

    The book is a great read.

  4. TAKE 2…

    Should have read the linked article before posting the above. My recommendation still stands, though.