11 May 2018
What’s more important: natural talent or practice?
Could you learn to be anything in the world without having a baseline level of talent?
It’s said that it takes 10,000 hours to become a world-class expert at anything – that’s 417 days of constant practice pushing your skills as much as you can – to become world-class in any field.
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that the Beatles are a prime example of this 10,000 hour rule. But then, the Sex Pistols were incredibly successful when Sid Vicious could hardly play bass at all. It’s an interesting concept isn’t it?
Attitude v Skills
To put in that much practice, especially when starting with zero skills, takes a certain type of attitude. For me, that’s what it comes down to. You have to want to put in the practice and be able to commit to learning. Attitude far outweighs skills.
I see this in practice at UKFast every single day. We hire based on attitude rather than skills on every occasion.
I learned this many years ago; you can teach any skill in the world, but it’s much harder to change attitude – it’s ingrained into who we are.
It also comes down to passion. Can you imagine putting 10,000 hours into something you don’t love – it would be soul destroying! Passion is what drives us through the tough times, when motivation is low and your energy is burning out.
I don’t think it’s as simple as putting 10,000 hours into something – for me you have to have the right attitude and passion too.