In the book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell pitched an interesting concept. He said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become officially “great” at something.
Dan McLaughlin, a former commercial photographer, is putting that theory to the test as he aims to become a professional golfer. Quitting his job on his 30th birthday, the entirely self-funded amateur is aiming to actualize a concept that Charles Barkley has devoted his life to destroying – that 10,000 hours of practicing golf can turn you into a professional-caliber talent.
As reported by McLaughlin by way of non-stop blogging detailing his progress, on April 15 he surpassed 1,400 hours of practice.
In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, McLaughlin explained what his goal is in the long term:
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"If I could become a professional golfer the world is literally open to any options for anybody...what I'm trying to do with this project is demonstrate how far you're able to go if you're willing to put in the time...I'm testing human potential."
They say you can be born with talent, but you develop a fighting spirit. With his journey, McLaughlin’s will prove which is ultimately more important.
The smart money is on talent.