Ratha (papertygre) wrote,

10,000 hours

I was recently reminded of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule (that to be an expert in your field requires a devotion to one's craft for at least 10,000 hours). How many hours is that? Let's say I get 3 hours of undivided software development practice on a typical day at work. Multiply that times 5 days times 50 weeks: 750 hours per year. How many years like that to get to 10,000 hours? 13.

I started programming as a freshman in college (1993), and didn't start doing it for work until 1998. And there were a couple of years (grad student, PM) when I wasn't programming. So let's say my career "started" in 1999. Then quite possibly I will get to 10,000 hours next year. Yow, am I an expert yet?
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