Practice For 10 Thousand Hours Will Not Make A Professional

Study at 39 violinists showed that the "Rule of 10 thousand hours" does not work.JackieChan2-2
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You may have heard the rule that 10 thousand hours of practice will turn you into an expert in any field. This "law" was first offered by the author of the study of musicians, including violinists, back in 1993. Then the observers concluded that "many skills that reflect congenital talent, in fact, are the result of intensive practice throughout at least 10 years.".

The idea of ​​10 thousand hours is firmly rooted in our culture, but it turned out to be too simplified. When it comes to human skills, a complex combination of environmental factors, genetics and their interaction explains differences in productivity.

Psychologists Brooke McNamar and Megha Mayra from the Czech University of the Western Reserve Area in Cleveland decided to check the rule on their own group of volunteers playing violin. They divided 39 participants into three equal groups on subjective assessment of their teachers. The first group included the best disciples, in the second – secondary performance, to the third – not at all differ in good performance.

It was established that less experienced violinists by 20 years worked on average six thousand hours of practice. For good and best groups, the average number is 11 thousand hours. Most of the "best" violinists were practiced less frequently than "Middle", on average for a quarter. This means that to achieve a better result, it is not necessary to spend a lot of time on training.

A new study also suggests that you must think twice before dedicate to 10 thousand hours (more than 400 days) of your life of some kind of sphere: because it is not guaranteed that you will become better in the chosen discipline than those who do not pay much time to improve His skills.

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