How To Become An Expert

What separates a world-class concert pianist from your aunt Jane who’s been playing for 15 years? Where is the divide between an expert oncologist who can catch lung cancer 95 % of the time, and a rookie who only averages a 50% success rate?

Similar to “get rich quick” schemes, there are plenty of programs out there that claim they can help you become an expert. Some claim they have the key, while others boast their “knowledge” of the steps it takes to become an expert.

I do not claim that becoming an expert in any field is easy, but I will tell you that it is a hell of a lot simpler than you might think. So what is the big secret? Research has consistently showed that expertise can be achieved by practicing for 10,000 hours. This may seem like an overwhelming number, but if it were easy, everyone would do it. Setting aside 5 hours a day, 6 days a week, could lead a person to be an expert in a little over 8 years.

So how many experts are there in our country? tons actually. We send our children to school for at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week for 12 years; this puts them just above the 10k hour rule. Add in homework and one can assume that most successful high school seniors are experts, at the very least, at reading.

As I said before, becoming an expert by no means is easy, but by understanding the 10k hour rule we now have something to strive for. A seemingly impossible task is all of a sudden in our reach. All one needs to do is set enough time aside, and stay focused on the dream.


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I have a few passions and a hundred hobbies. I often wish there was more time in the day.
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6 Responses to How To Become An Expert

  1. Hanna Wilbur says:

    I’m currently thinking how to use this in real life :). Hey, I just accidentally found about numerology. What do you think about that in accordance with social psychology?

  2. Hanna Wilbur says:

    I’m now thinking how to use this in real life. Thanks a lot for this.
    Hey, I just found out about numerology. What do you think about it in accordance with social psychology?

  3. Prede says:

    This is something I always wondered about. What is it that makes someone an expert? Nice read. Still I think there’s just some innate thing that has helped a world-class concert pianist distinguish himself/herself from someone who’s been playing 15 years and is just good. They just have an innate talent. That’s not to say they got there without practice, no they’ve probably practiced endlessly. But there’s more to it then that. Anyway interesting stuff…

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  5. kevin inciong says:

    Classic example: The Beatles

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