Only 20 hours to learn a skill?
We wrote a post earlier this year that shared some thinking about the 4 rituals you could employ to help yourself become an ‘expert’ an anything. This post referenced the research of Eric Barker, who shared 4 tips from Anders Ericsson, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, who created the theory that it takes about “10,000 hours” to become an expert. He says, the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea and there are 4 tips that are critical to improving competence. Click here to see what these 4 ritual are…
I must confess, the ‘10,000 hours’ concept is one that has confused me at times. Who has 10,000 hours to spend on getting good at something? 10,000 hours is the equivalent of a full time job for 5 years! Haven’t we learned skills in much less time? Josh Kaufman (TED Talks) found himself asking the same question – but he actually went an did some research to make better sense of this concept!
K Anders Ericsson completed the research that supported the 10,000 hours concept – but where people have become confused, is that it takes 10,000 hours to perform at an EXPERT level of performance – often in highly competitive fields such as professional sport or academia. As Josh Kaufman shares in this TED talk below, what started as 10,000 hours to be an expert in ultra-competitive fields – became 10,000 hours to be an expert – which became 10,000 hours to become good – which became 10,000 hours to learn.
Well – that is not true!!
Click here to see the tips to help become 'good' at any skill, behaviour or action in 20 hours, including the TED video featuring Josh Kaufman.