We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect but do we believe it? Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Outliers: The Story of Success,” sure does. He says that in order to become an expert it takes about 10 years or 10,000 hours (which ever comes first, I suppose) of practice. Don’t trust Malcolm? Neurologist, Daniel Levitin says, “In study after study of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals and what have you, the number [10,000] comes up again and again. … No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.”
10,000 hours. That’s a lot of practice. It’s almost overwhelming.
Are you a critical thinking expert?
Most of us cannot honestly say that we’ve spent 10,000 hours (or 10 years) consciously practicing critical thinking. That doesn’t have to mean we’re all terrible critical thinkers but it does mean the vast majority of us have a ways to go until we can cross “become a critical thinking expert” off the list.
10,000 hours doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’re here to help. Assess your critical thinking skills today with the Watson-Glaser. Start practicing today by integrating the RED Model in your decision making process. Embrace routine practice with our upcoming Critical Thinking University, online social learning platform. Invest in two-day, top-notch intensive practice, the Critical Thinking Boot Camp. Whatever you do, start practicing today.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Pauker-Silva