Why did I pick this book?

You would be possibly aware of the 10000- hour rule introduced by  Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘Outliers’. This 10000- hour rule, however, was generally interpreted as that if you want to be good at something, all you need to do is spend 10000 hours. However, this book answers gets into those 10000 hours and reveals that even spending 10000 hours, we may not get better, which as you know is not heartening. But on a brighter side, we may get better at certain skills, spending less than 10000 hours. The author is credited with the research behind 10000 -hour rule.

What do I like about the book?

The book provides a path for one to take up a very learned skill and get better at it. For example, let us assume you are above forty and want to make it to the base camp of Mount Everest. Assuming your general health is ok, this book shall give you the path to make it to the base camp of Mount Everest. Well, this book is not about mountaineering, but choose something that you possibly want to get better on and this is a book that will give you the methods to get there. To be very frank, I started with music and when I heard the recording of my voice after the first class, I slowly shifted my goal to getting to the base camp of Mount Everest!

What is one interesting idea that I learned?

I learned the mechanics of getting better at ‘something’.  I learnt that I do not get better by ‘monotonous repetition’, but by ‘conscious application’.  I learned what it really means to apply ‘Deliberate Practice’, a term that I have used in the past. I have begun to appreciate the nuances of ‘Deliberate Practice’

How long would it take?

3-4 hours

Paras or Quotes that I liked

This is a fundamental truth about any sort of practice: If you never push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will never improve.

The most important gifts we can give our children are the confidence in their ability to remake themselves again and again and the tools with which to do that job. They will need to see firsthand — through their own experiences of developing abilities they thought were beyond them — that they control their abilities and are not held hostage by some antiquated idea of natural talent. And they will need to be given the knowledge and support to improve themselves in whatever ways they choose

Deliberate practice can open the door to a world of possibilities that you may have been convinced were out of reach.               

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)