Saturday, March 7, 2009


Over at Non-Stick Plans, Michael recently posted Ronald Searle’s three requirements for success:

  • working discipline,
  • absolute command of the medium and
  • constant productivity.
To a certain extent, this is true. However, there is a at least one more ingredient. Circumstance (family, culture, friendship, opportunity and chance) also plays a role in an individual's success, as discussed in Malcolm Gladwell's, book Outliers.

Nonetheless, Searle's thoughts overlap nicely with Gladwell's "10,000-Hour Rule." ("No one gets to the top unless he or she puts in 10,000 hours of practice in a field, be it computer software, hockey, music, or law." -- Business Week review of Outliers)

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Craig D said...

I used to oversee 10,000 hour long life testing of resistor components.

If you stay awake and kept at it 24 hours a day, you'd hit the 10,000 hour mark after 14 months.

Lee said...

Craig: Wow. 14 months sure sounds less intimidating than 5 years (at 40 hours a week)!

Now... if we could just figure a work around to this sleep thing ...