Gladwell, the pioneer of narrative non fiction, helps explain why some people are successful and others aren't. He states that to become world-class at anything, you must put in 10,000 hours of practice which often equates to 10 years. Get working!
Gladwell is also a big believer that opportunities are out of the hands and not created by ourselves as much as we think we create our own luck. For example, taking a look at the Canadian Hockey League, the cutoff date for the Canadian leagues that serve the youngest players is January 1. Since these kids are still young and going through puberty those born in the first part of the year are much larger and more coordinated. The larger and more coordinated kids are given more time on the ice and become better players by the time they reach the top league. This proved by an overwhelming majority of Canadian professional hockey players having birthdays in the first three months of the year (January, February or March).
Key takeaway: Once you have reached a certain skill level, other factors start to take over and influence your career, like social skills, networking and more.
Quote of the book: “Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.”
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