Infographic: How to Become an Expert – Practice Makes Perfect

January 24, 2013

They say practice makes perfect.

How much practice? According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours, to be precise. In his powerful work Outliers, Gladwell presents his impactful theory about what exactly it takes to become an expert.

What defines practice? It’s probably not what you think. Practice is deliberate action, but not mindless repetition. If you’re performing tasks you can perform well without engaging intellectually, you’re not practicing. Clearly it takes a few years to perfect your craft. An average person who works a full-time job puts in 2,080 hours per year. If you spend that full 40 hours each week in actual practice, you’ll perfect your skills in about 3.6 years. Double your efforts and put in 80 hours each week, it’ll take you just 2.4 years. Want some tips and tricks for cheating Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule? We’ve uncovered a few secrets, so click on the infographic below to find out more. 

This infographic was created by Zintro, a network of experts. You can find experts with Zintro, no matter what area of work you’re in.

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