Malcolm Gladwell says that to achive big results in your job, 10,000 hours of work are required

That means that the greatest athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians and scientists emerge only after spending at least three hours a day for a decade mastering their chosen field.
Working 8 hours a day for five days a week for 12 months a year, we need almost 6 years.

Dedication, focus and intensive practice is very important .

However ability, according to M. Gladwell, is just one factor in success. Work ethic, luck, a strong support base and even being born in the right year play a far larger role. A big success is a result of many people working on it  and  cannot be refered only to a person.

He also explain as the control of attention is the ultimate individual power. People who can do that are not prisoners of the stimuli around them. They can choose from the patterns in the world and lengthen their time horizons. This individual power leads to others. It leads to self-control, the ability to formulate strategies in order to resist impulses. If forced to choose, we would all rather our children be poor with self-control than rich without it.

Asian kids are better at math , they work harder, they don’t get drunk during the weekend ,   their work is  labour intensive  and they are more availble at sacrifice.

Here a review of his last book Outliers;

Here a review  from the New York Times;

Here a conversation with M. Gladwell at Charlie Rose.

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