Well now, who would have thought it?

The search for success has spawned a motivational industry worth millions of pounds and libraries full of self-improvement books.

It is practice, however, that makes perfect, according to the sociologist whose books have become required reading within the Conservative party. The best way to achieve international stardom is to spend 10,000 hours honing your skills, says the new book by Malcolm Gladwell, author of the best-selling The Tipping Point.

The harder you work the luckier you become, no?

5 thoughts on “Well now, who would have thought it?”

  1. If you practice the wrong thing or the right thing in the wrong way you are in trouble because practice makes permanent, not perfect.

    Gary Player is often credited with popularising the saying “the more I practice, the luckier I get” but it is older than than.

  2. This reminds me of the F1 commentator and former driver, Martin Brundle.

    “It’s better to be born lucky than rich”

  3. It would be interesting to find examples of folk who do the 10,000 hours and still fail and do these people out-number the successes?

    Its easier to count successful people

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