Monday, 24 Nov, 2008 Science

It Takes 10,000 Hours of Practice to Become a Genius


A new study carried out by the British scientists revealed that it takes a person 10,000 hours of practice to become ace in a certain discipline. They say that top musicians, sportsmen and chess players were all able to become masters in their field by achieving the level where their time of practice reached 10,000 hours.

Researchers suggest that the time spent for practicing makes the difference between a person who is good and the one that is brilliant. They carried out their study at Berlin's Academy of Music by observing violin students who began playing at the age of five. These students started practicing for 2 or 3 hours a week and as they grew so increased the time they spent for practicing.

Top performers, by the time they celebrated their 20th birthday, reached 10,000 hours of practice, but those who simply showed good results achieved the amount of 8,000 hours.

"It seems it takes the brain this long to assimilate all it needs to know to achieve true mastery," explained neurologist Daniel Levitin to Focus, a BBC science magazine, which published The Story of Success.

In his book, entitled Outliners, Malcolm Gladwell wrote that The Story of Success may explain why Beatles became so popular. While in Hamburg, Germany, the band played about 8 hours a night, seven days a week in their early days. When they became popular the Fab Four had already performed about 1,200 live concerts, more than many young bands play during their career.

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//8 Jul 06, 2010 12:45 PM | posted by: ThinkBeforeYouPost
@snsuresh idiot... not 10.000 times, but 10.000 hours. You could practice everyday 30 minutes, and you would practice 20.000 times to achieve the 10.000 hours mark.
42 votes

//7 May 29, 2010 08:02 AM | posted by: Jara
No practice does not make perfect...perfect practice makes perfect!
53 votes

//6 Aug 31, 2009 12:32 AM | posted by: vince
All these people making smart comments most likely won't put in the hours. For their entire life.
47 votes

//5 Mar 23, 2009 12:10 PM | posted by: LobsterVaws
that's awesome, especially since this was already established in the 90's - Guess the brits need to do 10,000 hours of research.
46 votes

//4 Feb 13, 2009 03:04 PM | posted by: dave
practise is a waste of time... you could just marry a rich man and be sorted for the rest of your life
44 votes

//3 Jan 31, 2009 07:43 AM | posted by: snsuresh [InfoMANIAC]
Great so everybody can become a genius when they practice 10,000 times
45 votes

//2 Dec 10, 2008 12:59 AM | posted by: Frank N. Stein
This is way too obvious. I am really sorry for the guys who had to research this for probably months or years...
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//1 Nov 24, 2008 04:58 PM | posted by: surprised
Practice makes perferct !!??!!! Who'd a thunk it :-)

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