After discussing the chapter on 10,000 hours from The Outliers, I came to two conclusions:
1. I am a bit offended.
2. I am also a bit comforted.
Initially, I felt as though Gladwell was totally discrediting innate talent. This was upsetting to me, a young person that feels she is quite smart and relatively talented. However, upon further inspection, I realized that it’s more about how some personal tendencies play into how we choose to dedicate our time. Now the comforting side involves the idea that I do posses the potential to be great at anything if I am willing to dedicate the time to develop this “talent.”
Now the real question is, who in the world sets out to log 10,000?? Honestly, I want more than to sit and work tirelessly to be the greatest computer nerd or violinist. My desire is to be well rounded and experience many things. So although I will not be a multi-millionaire or an expert in poetry, I will have a fulfilling life. And to me, that’s better.