Even After Gladwell’s “10,000-hour Rule”, Research Says Natural Talent Still Matters.
By age 20, the students whom the faculty nominated as the “best” players had accumulated an average of over 10,000 hours, compared with just under 8,000 hours for the “good” players and not even 5,000 hours for the least skilled.
Those findings have been enthusiastically championed, perhaps because of their meritocratic appeal: what seems to separate the great from the merely good is hard work, not intellectual ability….But this isn’t quite the story that science tells. Research has shown that intellectual ability matters for success in many fields ? and not just up to a point.