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10,000 Hours to Greatness

Posted by on February 24, 2015

My son and I took a break from watching the combine, playing XBox and general winter laziness to get our butts to the local Y to shoot some hoops. While we were there my son got into a rhythm of hitting a few lay-ups in a row.

It was nice to see because basic fundamentals are lacking on his basketball team. While it’s understandable that 8-year-old’s to have short attention spans, it is still hard to watch at times.

After my son hit a few in a row a light when off and I was reminded of the great book by Malcom Gladwell, The Tipping Point.

In the book, Gladwell draws wonderful links to success of hockey stars and rock stars like the Beatles to 10,000 hours of practice. Essentially it is said that if you practice something 10,000 times, you will become an expert or a pro.

In this vane, I had my son shoot 50 lay-ups in a row.

He did well, but we will see if greatness awaits. We just have about 9,999 hours to go.

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