I’m going to go on a bit of a rant today…

If you don’t want to read on, I won’t blame you. This won’t be for everyone.

But you if you choose to continue reading, you’re going to discover…

The truth about the “10,000 hours rule.” What it is. And why it’s damaging to anyone looking to learn (or get better) at a new or existing skill. (And this is coming from someone who has put in 10,00 hours.)

Let’s dive in…

According to the famous author, Malcom Gladwell… 10,000 hours is the amount of time necessary to become GREAT at something.

He found that most students who achieved great success in anything had put in 10,000 hours by the time they turned 20.

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Gladwell estimates that the Beatles put in 10,000 hours of practice playing in Hamburg in the early 1960s. Bill Gates put in 10,000 hours of programming work before founding Microsoft…

And so the 10,000 hour rule was born.

Put in your 10,000 hours of practice and become an “expert.”

Pretty simple, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.

Here’s why…

It does not matter if you want to be an “expert” in something. Or to casually learn an instrument like guitar…

This study is assuming one critical thing about practice. (It’s something I got wrong for years.)

That more time = more results.

This is the part I hate. (And I know that’s a strong word.) The idea that more time will bring you more results is crazy.

That’s because you can be practicing all the wrong things. You can be doing it all in the wrong way. Using bad guitar technique. Learning concepts that hold you back.

But if you’re not improving as much as you like… this rule implies it’s because you’re not putting in enough time.

And if you can’t put in more time… well then I guess you’re never learning guitar, right?

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You see, more time doesn’t guarantee you get more results.

You know what does?

Taking the time to learn how to make your practice more productive. Learning “HOW” to practice so that you can put in as little as 5 or 10 minutes a day… and know that you’re going to get better.

I wish I knew this when I first started. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of my guitar practice. I love the guitar. It’s such an amazing instrument. But if I knew that learning how to practice better would have made me as good as I am now in less time…

You bet I would have taken that opportunity any day of the week!

So there you have it. Rant over lol. The 10,000 rule is a complete myth. It’s all about “how” you practice, not “how long” you practice for.

If you liked this, here’s a good article where you can continue reading more about the 10,000 hour rule.

>>> Revealed… the truth about the “10,000 hour rule”

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