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Last Update: January 12, 2022

The 10,000 Hour Rule To Mastery?

Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule?

The 10,000-Hour Rule was the result of a study by Anders Ericsson and Bill Chase in 1976. The researchers were trying to test and improve ideas from a 1929 paper on memorizing random digits. Ericsson tells the story of what happened in his book, “The Secret Life of Phrase Memorization” in which another Ericsson, took on the task.

The book chronicles the progress of Steve Ericsson who reached and found ways to break through various plateaus. Most people can remember up to 7 digits, such as a telephone number, usually by splitting the numbers into groups of 2, 3, or 4. He could have maxed out at 8 or 9 digits, but instead, with enormous dedication and much time, pushed himself to do better.

Actually, about 10 times better.

He worked his way up to being able to remember 82 randomised digits. This achievement, remarkable as it was, has since been exceeded many times over.

The current Guinness World Record for memorising digits is held by Lu Chao of China, who, in 2005, recited 67,890 digits of pi using variations of Steve Ericsson’s technique.

Malcolm Gladwell popularized Ericsson’s approach for memorising numbers with his book, “Outliers” in 2008.

Nowadays, most memorising competitors use some variation Steve Ericsson’s technique.

The formula used: Deliberate Practice + 10,000 hours = World-Class Skill - it seems, inefficiently assumes an enormous number of hours are needed to master any skill.

Deliberate practice was an important part of Steve Ericsson’s success, but so was his mindset. He chose to attempt to learn a skill that he thought he could achieve. He achieved more than he expected but at an enormous cost of time.

Accumulating 10,000 hours requires 20 hours a week for 10 years. If you want to be a world-class concert pianist or golfer, for instance, that may well be the kind of dedication it takes.

The 100-Hour Rule Towards Mastery

So, does it really take 10,000 hours to achieve world-class status in a skill?

Of course, the 10,000 hours is an estimate that is not possible to prove...

... Tim Ferriss has spent his entire career dissecting the learning patterns of top performers. He developed the 100-Hour Rule, which says mastering a topic doesn't need to take 10,000 hours. Instead, it can take around 100 hours if you break down skills into well-defined micro-skills.

My take is that getting good enough, or world-class at anything takes dedication to continually wanting to do better.

That means knowing what you want to achieve in detail, figuring out what you need to deliberately do to develop the skills, taking deliberate actions and regularly reviewing results in order to figure out what it will take to improve to the next level.

You’ve probably heard this all before... there really is no way around this process.

In addition, it’s best practice to learn what you can from a recognised, top performer. But usually, you need to learn to crawl first and then walk, before being able to run.

This means, however long it takes, you need to be highly observant and analytical yourself and/or find a great teacher.

Implicit in finding a great teacher is that some teachers are best at getting you started, others helping you develop further. Usually, over time, we need more than one or even two. Also, seeing a master at work is often inspiring however, learning from a master is usually far from easy until you are nearly a master yourself.

So what’s the point?

The point is that if you’re reading this you’re probably already a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community, or considering joining.

What’s special about Wealthy Affiliate, is that it’s an organisation that provides a great place to start learning to crawl, then to walk and ultimately to be able to run free. At least for affiliate marketing skills and arguably many other online business and marketing skills as well.

You can find all the teachers you'll ever need for affiliate marketing here.

So, if you are just starting out, or already running a business online, Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to be wherever you are on your route towards mastery of running a business online.

Please, tell me what you think, agree or disagree, that's OK ... please share your point of view,,,

:-)
Richard

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RCanty Premium Plus
This a great post, Richard! It would be nice to have that type of focus. I am good with ten digits, no more. WA does offer a means for everyone to grow in whatever direction they choose. Most of the training and lessons can be adapted to a variety situations. It is a great deal to be apart of.

Canty
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richardgb Premium
Hi Canty
It's good to hear your thoughts!
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Richard
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Dhind1 Premium Plus
I am certain 10,000 hours is enough to master a topic, but to become world-class (top in the world) it would take longer and would require that you explore the topic in ways that others have not.

After all that is what world class athletes do all the time they take what is available and make it different/better.

Regarding 100 hours that is also doable and reflects what most people are willing to spend on a project when they are learning.

WA is awesome in that we can do either 100 hours or 10,000 hours and still not reach the end of what is available to us.

Alex
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richardgb Premium
Yes, Alex... I agree totally with your last sentence especially. There will always be more to learn and improve.
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Richard
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tdbabineaux Premium Plus
That's pretty amazing. I can remember pi out to nine digits. That's it.

I had a natural inclination to do computer programming, but it took a few years to get really good at it.

Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying that anybody can be an expert at anything if they work at it for 15 minutes a day. Easy for him to say!

Terry
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richardgb Premium
Thanks for confirming the theory, Terry.

The thing is that 15 mins per day is enough to get good enough with many things but would only develop a small part of becoming world-class.
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Richard
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tdbabineaux Premium Plus
Unless of course you happen to be Mr. Einstein...

Terry
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richardgb Premium
Agreed!
Another profound comment from Mr Einstein is: "Keep it as simple as possible, but no simpler".
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Richard
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tdbabineaux Premium Plus
Exquisite point! I think I'll add that quote to my Facebook page.

Terry
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richardgb Premium
He was actually talking about science and experiments at the time, but you can apply it to anything.
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Richard
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tdbabineaux Premium Plus
I kind of like the broader definition of "everything" - it adds to the mythos of Einstein and makes what he had to say all that much more inspiring.

And of course there was his other quote about God, dice, and the universe...

Terry
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CherryRed20 Premium
No argument there about Wealthy Affiliate being one of the best there is in the online business world!

Myra
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richardgb Premium
:-)
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Bridges Premium
Great information here, Richard.
It does take time, in various amounts, to master any skill. That includes marketing online.
And, having the right tools (WA) makes it so much easier.
Archie
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richardgb Premium
Exactly Archie! Thank you for your feedback.
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Richard
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