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02/12/2009

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That's a great little anecdote and is very reminiscent of the 10,000 rule Malcolm Gladwell talks about in Outliers. There are a lot of examples of this in a number of different areas. Michael Jordan getting turned down for his high school basketball team and opting to practice every single day until he made the team. Jimi Hendrix staying at home drinking orange juice and practicing guitar every single day while his bandmates in the Isley Brothers went to the movies. Bob Dylan being so folk music-obsessed that he sought out his hero, Woody Gutherie, and visited him in the hospital regularly.

Most of the people we assume were born talented, practiced to an almost obsessive level. If any part talent is a result of nature, then it is only the ability to subject yourself to intense amounts of practice.

Great note and I agree with Steve I'm surprised at the lack of an "outliers" reference.

'We all would like to be more empowered. But few of us, when shown what is really involved in becoming empowered, want to pay the price. Ultimately, each of us has exactly as much power as we really want.'
-An excerpt from the book Deep Change

best book about this: george leonard - mastery.

I disagree somewhat with the anecdote above. While it's true that, as noted in Outliers, it typically takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become exceptional, the woman in the story is not very likely to be as capable as Beethoven at the mastery of the piano. There is undoubtedly something called "Natural Ability" which plays a part too. If you don't have an ear for pitch and tone, you will not likely be a good musician, regardless of how much time you put in. I do agree that for the most part, you get out what you put in, but we need to acknowledge that some people will always be naturally better than others at certain skills.

I like this story, but I agree with bitterbetterideaguy. I think that putting in the time will produce better results than not putting in the time. But achieving the level of someone like Beethoven also involves some factors beyond a person's control.

Inspiring anecdote except you should have used Mozart, Beethoven was deaf ;)

It was among such inspirations that impressionism was born.

I'm honestly not to familiar with this subject.and I say I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.

Does anyone remember this piece that requires the player to hit blocks of notes with their hands instead of individual notes?

The past is never over if the encoding of certain experience remains strongly rooted in memory.

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Well said, truly inspirational... Blog away my son.

Thanks for the informative post. I have bookmarked your site and will return again soon!

Good post. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you..

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