Follow in the experts’ footsteps to learn better, work smarter, and meet more goals

In Part 2, learn how to apply the research-backed principles of deliberate practice to your goals.

Have you ever wondered why some people are really good at what they do?

The science behind why some people have extraordinary abilities — an area of research known as expert performance — seeks to answer that question. And psychologist K. Anders Ericsson is one of its leading scholars.

Ericsson and his fellow researchers have studied top performers across many fields, from music to medical surgery, sports to software design. …

Inside the system that successful people use to accelerate learning and achieve more

In Part 1 of our series on deliberate practice, explore the science behind why some people are really good at what they do.

10,000 hours is a long time. You’ve probably heard this number described as the amount of time needed to achieve “greatness” in a given skill or area of expertise.

It comes from Malcolm Gladwell’s popular 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success, where he cites 10,000 hours as the “magic number” of practice time required to achieve true mastery in a given domain. …

Says Cal Newport, Georgetown professor and author of ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You’

Follow your passion. Pursue your dreams. Do what you love.

You’ve likely heard this career advice — or something like it — at multiple points in your life. It’s thrown at students, people starting or switching careers, and everyone fed up with the daily grind of their office job.

In fact, this mantra is so prevalent that it has become something of a holy grail for career bliss.

If you could just start your own business…

If you could just get out of the cubicle farm…

If you could finally write that novel or become a full-time musician…

Then you’d…

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