Reflection on `Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule` by Malcolm Gladwell

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Reflectionon ‘Complexityand the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule’ by Malcolm Gladwell

Iconcur with Malcolm Gladwell that there are no naturals in any field.In his writing, ‘Complexity and the Ten Thousand Hour Rule, heinsists on the importance of extensive practice. Through myexperiences, I have come to appreciate Gladwell’s‘ten-thousand-hour rule,` which states that achievement requirespreparation (Gladwell 1). During my first years at high school, I didnot study mathematics hard since I believed I was a natural on thesubject. Before realizing, my Mathematics grades had dropped to thelowest level. My teacher advised me to practice Math every day,including weekends, and after few months of practicing, I was back atscoring high grades.

Itis important for people to understand that some tasks require morepractice than others do. The essential thing is to have an intensepreoccupation with the task until one master all the right moves. Thegrandmasters in chess do not attain the level with one day ofpractice, but with over ten years of practice. It is essential thatpeople stop fearing some who are in the same field of work or classbecause they are termed as naturals. There is no person with naturalgifts for a certain job. No one is born a chess grandmaster or aPresident. One will only achieve the high-level greatness throughenormous hard work and perseverance over several years or decades.Even Bill Gates had to spend thousand hours with the computers to bewho he is today.

Itis clear from the reading that nobody attains greatness without work.I do not mean that people should stop believing that they are notnaturally gifted. All people need to understand is that no personachieves a high level of performance without practice and experience.I also advise people to observe consistency in their practice,because as Ericsson states, great performers in different domainspractice the same amount each day, including on weekends.


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