Originally Posted by NM Golf
I disagree with the above statement wholeheartedly. Natural talent has a lot to do with success. It certainly does not guarantee success though. I don't care how much someone works at playing golf or any activity, their natural talent will eventually be the limiting factor on how far they go or how good they get.
I think you are taking the statement a little out of context. It says "elite performers engage in roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice." The part it leaves out is that those elite performers had talent.
It doesn't say "any idiot who practices anything for 10,000 hours will become an elite performer." I believe that all of the people ripping on the thoery think this is what it means.
I read Outliers and I remember the example Gladwell used from Eriksons study was the violinists. The study was comparing elite level (world class soloists), mid level (symphony), and "low" level (maybe they'll become music teachers), all from a prestigious music school. The fact that they were accepted to that music school in the first place means they had talent.
10,000 hours doesn't separate you or me from Kobe Bryant, but it does separate Tracy McGrady or Vince Carter from Kobe Bryant.
At least, that is the way I've interpreted the thoery.