16 02, 2021

The importance of deliberate practice

By |2021-02-16T16:46:29+01:00February 16th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

A lot of people think that in order to get better at something, you need to practice. What most people fail to realise though is how important it is to do the right type of practice. Take this example: Who would be a better driver? Someone with 45,000 hours over 25 years of experience driving, [...]

25 02, 2019

What getting hit in the face by a volleyball taught me about creativity

By |2019-02-25T15:50:27+01:00February 25th, 2019|Creativity, Inspiration|0 Comments

I have an embarrassing story to tell you. Watch the video above to hear me tell it in all its horrible detail. A few months ago, I was at a beach in Sydney, and I saw some guys playing beach volleyball. I played volleyball for many years in London (in the amateur league), but hadn't touched [...]

27 05, 2016

The 10,000 hour rule is wrong, according to its original authors

By |2020-04-07T09:22:09+02:00May 27th, 2016|Creativity|5 Comments

One of the most commonly cited figures when it comes to improving yourself is the so-called 10,000 hour rule. According to Malcolm Gladwell who popularised the notion in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, people who were performing at an expert level, such as musicians or sportspeople, had practiced for approximately 10,000 hours up [...]