[CQ-Contest] Are contesters born or made?
n8xx at arrl.org
Tue May 11 17:42:47 PDT 2010
In a book titled "the Outliers" the author states rather convincingly
that practice hones ability. One example was that Bill Gates spent
hours and hours with a time-share computer which his (rather wealthy)
school district rented from a nearby university during hours which it
wasn't in use. After the class was over, he and his cohorts asked, and
received, full privileges to use the time share computers when it wasn't
being used by the university. It is estimated that he had more than
10,000 hours of computer programming experience when he started
college. (and he never finished). It is purported that 10,000 hours of
practice and study is a "magic number" between the elite practitioners,
and the masses.
The book is required reading for anyone who desires to truly excel in
his/her chosen (a)vocation.
73 de n8xx Hg
On Mon, 10 May 2010 12:26:36 -0000, "Randy Thompson K5ZD"
<k5zd at charter.net> wrote:
> Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 12:26:36 -0000
> From: "Randy Thompson K5ZD"<k5zd at charter.net>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Are contesters born or made?
> To:<cq-contest at contesting.com>
> I just finished listening to a fascinating interview with Matthew Syed, author of the book Bounce. The book explores the idea that practice is far more important than talent at achieving in the upper levels of sport.
> Link to show: http://www.onlyagame.org/2010/04/bounce/ Follow the Download the Podcast link to get the interview in various forms.
> We don't talk about practice much in relation to contesting, but I believe it does make a difference. I owe much of my success to having spent hours and hours during my teenage years working traffic nets, chasing DX, and competing in contests with a very small station.
> Very thought provoking interview. Check it out.
> Randy, K5ZD
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