In his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell tells about a 10,000-hour rule that he has come up with. The point of this rule is that if someone spends 10,000 hours practicing at an activity, then that person will become a master at the activity. He also claims that there are no slow learners, or any fast learners, instead he calls 10,000 hours “the magic number of greatness” (Gladwell 39-41). We all know that practice helps you to improve, but a “magic number?” Doesn’t this seem a bit too good to be true? It should sound unreal because we all know that life doesn’t work in magic numbers. Expertise and mastery can take different effort from different people in different subjects.
People can be masters at something after short periods of time and people who have always enjoyed doing things can still be bad at it. We all inherit certain traits from our family and these traits help form us into the people that we become, yet Gladwell ignores this side of people when he explains his 10,000-hour rule in Outliers. Gladwell doesn’t really have any trustworthy evidence to back his claims about this rule, and there have since been other studies to test this idea, that have said it is incorrect. All of these things make the 10,000- hour rule seem like a poorly thought-out idea that Gladwell had while writing instead of a magic number to try and attain.