How to Become Great at Just About Anything (Rebroadcast)

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Sure, practice makes perfect but how you practice matters even more than how much. (Photo: TLV and more)

Season 6, Episode 50

This week on Freakonomics Radio: what if the thing we call “talent” is grotesquely overrated? And what if deliberate practice is the secret to excellence? Those are the claims of the research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who has been studying the science of expertise for decades.

For example, you may have heard of the 10,000-hour rule? The idea that you need to practice for 10,000 hours to become great at something? Yup, that idea originated from the research of Anders Ericsson and his colleagues. 

Plus: Stephen J. Dubner speaks with the person who popularized the idea of the 10,000-hour rule — best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell.

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “How to Become Great at Just About Anything.”

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