Development of Expertise

Successful People

“Super-successful people aren’t the most gifted people in their fields. They just work, study and practice more than the competition.”
– Jack Canfield


An excerpt from How To Become The Best at Anything, Chapter 8 – Deliberate Practice and Learning

“To become the best takes practice, lots and lots of practice. It takes about 10,000 hours of practice to get really good at something and not just any type of practice, deliberate practice. Deliberate practice is practicing at getting better every time you practice.

Note: The number of hours you will need to practice from the start of your journey may vary depending on the area/domain and how much expertise you have already developed.

The classic example is a man who has gone golfing almost every weekend for the past twenty years. He has a great interest in the sport and has fun with it. He reaches a certain level of expertise and plateaus after about seven years. He is good enough to win occasionally playing, against his friends. He has fun, although after twenty years of practice why hasn’t he become a great golfer? Because he was not practicing to get better, he was not using deliberate practice, he was just participating in the sport. When you practice, you need to be practicing something that will help you become better.”