Saturday, August 24, 2013

Achievement: The Beatles and the 10,000 Hour Rule

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the issue of achievement, arguing that talent alone is not enough to propel someone to success, especially when it comes to complex cognitive tasks like playing chess at the grandmaster level.
The British Invasion of 1964 and the arrival of Beatlemania in America are too often told as a story of overnight success for the four lads from Liverpool.  The reality is that they worked hard in the clubs of Hamburg, Germany, beginning in 1959 to hone their skills.  Thus the Beatles illustrate the following formula for success: 


What song better illustrates the Beatles' strong work ethic than this one?  "A Hard Day's Night."

See Gladwell's article "Complexity and the 10,000 Rule"

Question:  How does the 10,000 hour rule relate to the formula for achievement/success?
Question:  What can the Beatles teach us about success and achievement?

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