Olympic Champions, and Olympic Participants, and that 10,000 Hour Rule

So, as I have watched a few of the events from the Olympics, and I’ve been thinking about the 10,000 hour rule.  And I am ready to state the obvious:  putting in 10,000 hours guarantees nothing. First, a refresher.  Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, described the 10,000 hour rule.  To summarize, it takes 10,000… Read More Olympic Champions, and Olympic Participants, and that 10,000 Hour Rule

“Throwing Money” At Your Training Needs Just Might Be A Very Wise Investment

“most of the research shows that when class size reduction programs are well-designed and implemented, student achievement rises as class size drops. Intuitively, it makes sense that the more attention a teacher can focus on each student, the more the student will benefit and, therefore, perform at a higher level.” (excerpted from here). and As… Read More “Throwing Money” At Your Training Needs Just Might Be A Very Wise Investment

The Long View vs. The Short View; or, the old “Forest for the Trees” issue – A Reflection on Learning from Reading Books

I have actually read a fair amount of Aristotle.  Not in the original language (although, a little bit of that too).  But in my graduate work in rhetoric, we had to read Aristotle.  And he is really, really important.  But, now, centuries later, his main ideas are usually summarized by others.  And the summaries are… Read More The Long View vs. The Short View; or, the old “Forest for the Trees” issue – A Reflection on Learning from Reading Books

Paul Nicklen, one of those “10,000 hours” photographers, capturing our world in great photographs

I was in my car today at just the right time.  I heard a terrific interview conducted by Kris Boyd of Think on KERA with National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen.  He told of the work. the patience, the long-term commitment he had to get just the right photographs.  He has spent countless hours in the… Read More Paul Nicklen, one of those “10,000 hours” photographers, capturing our world in great photographs

Reinforcement for that 10,000 hour rule and the Power of Deliberate Practice (from Coach Wooden, Gladwell, Colvin, and Levitt & Dubner)

I first learned of the 10,000 hour rule — it takes 10,000 hours to get really good at/to truly master any skill –from reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  Then I learned more about how to spend the 10,000 hours in “deliberate practice” from Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. Here’s more.  In Superfreakonomics, Levitt and… Read More Reinforcement for that 10,000 hour rule and the Power of Deliberate Practice (from Coach Wooden, Gladwell, Colvin, and Levitt & Dubner)

Are We Getting Any Better, at Much of Anything? – Try Handwriting…

{Note to reader:  I wrote this before I read Bob’s post:  “Q 256:  How to Improve Self-Editing?” They do seem to go together}. As I have blogged about before, Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) and Talent is Overrated Geoff Colvin) make for a great one-two punch.  They each refer to the 10,000 hour rule, they each speak… Read More Are We Getting Any Better, at Much of Anything? – Try Handwriting…

Work Ethic is Always at the Center of Every Success Story — Just Ask Joan Rivers

You learn and re-learn the great truths in the strangest places.  Here’s the truth I speak of in this post:  work ethic really, really matters. The quote comes from a short piece/interview on Huffington Post with Joan Rivers. She is a perpetual and repeated success story, in spite of her oddities and her persona.  She… Read More Work Ethic is Always at the Center of Every Success Story — Just Ask Joan Rivers