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March 01, 2010

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No matter how smart you are, it takes no less than ten years to master any skill. It is the same whether your are trying to learn how to write software or to play guitar or whatever... If you start at five then maybe you could be considered a genius by fifteen, but it is nothing else than ten years of practicing. On the other side, some people never learn. In fact, one of the worst problems of human kind is all about people who never learn.

Really nice ... motivational thoughts ... started reading this book.

A very similar point is made in the book "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel J. Levitin. Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University argues that 10,000 hours of practice is required to become a master of a skill.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brain-Music-Obsession/dp/0452288525/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267625232&sr=8-1

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