Malcolm Gladwell’s controversial “10,000 hour” rule appears to be nearly discredited after an ever growing backlash against Malcolm Gladwell has led to nearly all of Gladwell’s grandiose theories being thrown out. Malcolm Gladwell defended his “10,000 hour” rule in the New Yorker last August. Despite his rebuttal, the evidence debunking Malcom Gladwell’s “10,000 hour” rule may soon win out. This news coincides with Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book release, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.
Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hour” rule came from the book Outliers, which he released in 2008. The rule claims that for any person to master any skill. he or she must spend at least 10,000 learning it. Malcolm Gladwell famously uses the Beatles as his prime example of the “10,000 hour” rule. In Outliers, Gladwell explains that before The Beatles were The Beatles, they performed nightly at a German club for many years. It was only because the four Beatles members gained their 10,000 hours of practice there that they were able to launch to superstardom later on.
That is the best example Malcolm Gladwell gives for his “10,000 hour” rule. Does it sound kind of stupid? That’s because it is. Malcolm Gladwell is a hack and a sham. His entire shtick has always been to first come up with some crazy idea. Next, he shamelessly finds a half-dozen unrelated cultural events that fit into his theory: shamelessly pretending correlation means causation in the process. Finally ( here’s the secret) Malcolm Gladwell showcases his theory in a way that makes the reader feel good about themselves. Malcolm Gladwell tells you that even if you suck at something now, you’re just 10,000 hours away from mastery at your craft!
I read Outliers when it came out and spotted all of Gladwell’s ideas as rubbish in the first place. Instead of researching data and forming theories from it, Gladwell designs a theory and then finds specific data to “prove” his beliefs. I hate Malcolm Gladwell.
For even more Gladwell bashing, read this article about the book David Epstein wrote calling Malcolm Gladwell a sham.
I hate Malcolm Gladwell.