The ten thousand hour rule doesn’t make any sense



Saturday March 9, 2024


The 10,000 hour rule doesn’t make any sense. And it’s harmful in a lot of ways.

It implies to be an expert in a field you need to spend 10,000 hours on something.

Expert relative to whom?

And have we asked ourselves what the value of being an expert even is?

Perhaps it gives some benchmark of “if I can make it 10,000 hours I’ll be useful to society”. But that’s a less useful mindset than just asking “what does it take to be valuable?”

Two counter perspectives:

Value is driven by the problems you’re able solve and the willingness of someone to pay for those problems because they don’t have the time or energy to solve them for themselves. It doesn’t take 10,000 hours to solve 99.9% of problems.

Other thoughts:

The Great Practice Myth: Debunking the 10,000 Hour Rule • Six Seconds

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Bryan lives somewhere at the intersection of faith, fatherhood, and futurism and writes about tech, books, Christianity, gratitude, and whatever’s on his mind. If you liked reading, perhaps you’ll also like subscribing: