Malcolm Gladwell is the bestselling author of four books. The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, have sold over five million copies. My favorite book is The Outliers:The Story of Success. In Outliers, Gladwell discusses the 10,000 Hour Rule.The 10,000 Hour Rule is from the work of researchers K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Cleens Tesch-Romer. "Ericsson and his colleagues compared amateur pianists with professional pianists. The amateurs never practiced more than about three hours a week over the course of their childhood...The professionals, on the other hand, steadily increased their practice time every year, until by the age of twenty, they had reached ten thousand hours." Gladwell purported that in order to be GREAT at anything it's going to take 10,000 hours of practice. Consider this rule when deciding how much time you devote to your art. If you practice writing one hour a day, 365 days of the year, you will need about 28 years to become a great writer. If you devote two hours a day, for 365 days a year, you will need approximately fourteen years to be great. Greatness takes devotion as well as talent.