Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
From Robb Brewer:
I have a lot of trouble with that last “fact.” First of all, what is an international expert? Is it different from a national or local expert? And you’re telling me that, if I read about brain surgery for an hour a day for 7 years, I’ll be an expert brain surgeon? The “fact” seems to be attributed to Earl Nightingale, a motivational speaker from years past–and the radio voice of Sky King. Methinks this belongs on a pretty little motivational poster, not on a list of Surprising Book Facts.
What Jack said.
But I’ll elaborate (and complain) a bit.
The “source” link is dead, so I can’t check the quote. Googling finds stuff like this: “Earl Nightingale said many years ago that one hour per day of study in your chosen field was all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.” Which is *still* not sourced.
But in some sense the source is not needed because the claim is clearly nonsense. A typical computer science masters student has studied for more than 1,000 hours in his/her chosen field (three years at 1 hour/day is 1,095 hours). The typical computer science masters graduate (age 24 or so) is not “at the top of his/her field.”
I’ve put in more than 2,000 hours of study in my chosen field, and, sad to say … I’m not a national authority 🙁
Pure, unsubstantiated garbage.
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