Outliers: The story of success

outliers3Finished the book Outliers this week, a very quick read.  The chapter “10,000 hours” was re-affirming of my belief that practice to achieve skill is so overlooked – that popular view defensively jumps on talent as innate.  Tangentially related if you can find it is “The Woodcarver”: A Model for Right Action from The Active Life, which was the first to put words to this concept for me:

“We want to believe that we are so ordinary compared to “the experts,” that our action cannot possibly be as free and graceful as theirs, that we cannot be held to those standards. …. The question is: Why do so many people want to be mystified by expertise?”

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