In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
Dan McLaughlin is testing this on himself, with 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice," in hopes of going from a newbie golfer to playing on the PGA Tour.
Dan, who is currently at about 1600 hours, started with very minimal golf experience. In fact, he had never played a full 18 holes of golf and had only been to a driving range a couple of times. He's an average guy by most standards; a 30-year-old commercial photographer with no previous experience as a competitive athlete and not in particularly good physical condition, with slightly under-average height and weight.
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To break this down what he's doing for you, his schedule is six hours of practice, six days per week, for about six years.
Would a newbie musician trying this get good results? Or is musical talent something we're born with?
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