10,000 Hours: Path to Mastery


In Malcom Gladwell’s book, “Outliers,” he introduces the concept that attaining 10,000 hours of practice is required for mastery of any subject. Through his research, the data shows that regardless of industry, once a person eclipses the 10,000 hours threshold the individual has the mindset of an expert. In fact, there is a clear and distinct difference between the person who achieves 10,000 hours and individuals that do not.

The Challenge

In the age of quick fixes, 10,000 hours cannot be achieved overnight. 10,000 hours is approximately 417 continuous days. If you allocate 3 hours per day it would take a little over 9 years to complete. The main challenge is how do students start building those 10,000 hours? Often students start the 10,000 hour pursuit after high school. What if students could start accumulated hours towards the goal earlier?

Why it Matters

Mastery is the goal for anyone in a specific profession. When you are at the mastery level within an industry, you not only have more options but more job security as well.

BridgePrep Solution

Students are able to understand, evaluate and learn about specific career options. If the student finds a career option that they like, they can begin to develop relevant knowledge and skills. Small weekly exposure builds and compounds over time.