Mentorship and grit – The 200 words project

Venture capitalist and blogger Tom Tunguz nicely summarized Robert Greene’s book “Mastery” by identifying two common paths to mastery – mentorship and grit. Leonardo da Vinci’s story captures both ideas. Leonardo was born out of wedlock and was prohibited from attending school. His father, a notary, had access to a large supply of paper which […]

Ineffective Lectures – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Anders Ericsson’s research on deliberate practice has been extensively in training elite athletes and musicians. But, what about in universities? Nobel prize winning Physicist Carl Weiman from Stanford university collaborated with a Post Doc and a Graduate student from the University of British Columbia to experiment with […]

The dangers of innate talent – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2, 3, 4). In the many examples mentioned in past weeks, we’ve seen that “talent” is developed by deliberate practice. If you were wondering if it applied to sports, Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” starts with an interesting insight into how sports talent is picked. Gladwell analyzed data on professional athletes to […]

The case against innate talent – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2, 3). Researcher K Anders Ericsson has researched expert performance for the past 30+ years. In every case, his analysis has revealed one thread – every innate talent/prodigy story can be deconstructed to reveal “deliberate practice.” Deliberate practice is practice that is typically guided by a coach that has specific goals, […]

Deliberate practice minus the 10,000 hour rule – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2). The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea of 10,000 hours required to become an expert . There were, however, two issues with the 10,000 hour rule. First, there is no magic number for the number of hours required to become an expert. It varies by field. 10,000 hours could […]

Testing for a relationship between innate talent and expertise – The 200 words project

(continued from part 1) We measure innate talent in the mind with “IQ”. IQ had no relation with the London taxi drivers who passed the qualification test. While the average IQ of scientists is higher than the average person, there is no correlation between IQ and scientific productivity either. Richard Feynman, one of the most […]