The Sports Myth - Effects Of Practice On Success

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An American football player who, despite his rough childhood and not starting football until he was in high school, was drafted in the NFL as the 23rd pick for the Baltimore Ravens on April 26, 2009. He was also projected as one of the top prospects for the 2009 NFL draft. His story is told in the book by Michael Lewis The Blind Side, which was also made into an award winning film. His jersey was numbered 74 and the back side said Oher. The way he got there though is an interesting one. Michael Oher played football for the first time as a freshman at a public school in Memphis; he then transferred to Briarcrest Christian School. Already by the end of the 2003 football season, Oher was named Division II (2A) Lineman of the Year. Also,... View More »

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It is more complicated than that. Others disagree with Gladwell also.

David Epstein, an award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated who also has a master’s degree in environmental science, thinks the opposite of what Gladwell thinks. In Epstein’s book The Sports Gene, he clearly states what factors he believes have an effect in becoming an expert in sports. Epstein (2013) claims,

In fact, absolutely every single study of sports expertise, there is a tremendous range of hours of practice logged by the athletes who reach the same level, and very rarely do elite performers log 10,000 hours of sport-specific practice prior to reaching the top competitive plane, often competing in a number of other sports—and acquiring a range of other athlete skills—before zeroing in on one. (p. 33)

Again, it varies extremely between everybody on how long it takes to master a certain skill in sports. Meaning, there is too much inconsistency with the 10,000 hour rule for it to actually be an accurate way to determining the professional athletes from the non-professional athletes.

On the other hand, people still support and believe in the 10,000 hour rule. Hubpages.com (2013) clearly shows this.

If you want to become an expert in your field, be that art, sport or business – you can. Contrary to popular belief, it is not always innate genius or talent that will make you a success; it’s the hours that you put in, which means that ANYONE can do it.

There are two things wrong with this opinion; saying that becoming an expert doesn’t require innate genius or talent, and ...

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