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A million balls

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A million balls

  1. 1. Naga Chokkanathan July 2011 A Million BallsCopyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  2. 2. A Million Balls • How many of you googled for it? ;)Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  3. 3. Recognize This Gentleman?Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  4. 4. Andre Agassi’s Father Believed in Math • My father says that if I hit 2,500 balls each day, I’ll hit 17,500 balls each week, and at the end of one year I’ll have hit nearly one million balls • A child who hits one million balls each year will be unbeatable • (From Andre Agassi’s Autobiography “Open”)Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  5. 5. But… • Does it work? Really?Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  6. 6. The 10,000 Hours Rule • From the book “Outliers” By Malcolm Gladwell • Gladwell claims that greatness requires enormous time, roughly 10,000 hours of practice • Examples: – Bill Gates – Beatles – Mozart (Child Prodigy, huh?) – Sachin Tendulkar – … (fill it yourself)Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  7. 7. Another Book • Bounce By Matthew Syed • Quotes Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule and extends it with many more examples, mainly from sports (Matthew Syed used to be an international table tennis player, by the way) • This book adds an interesting twist to the taleCopyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  8. 8. Importance of Practice • Three groups of violinists – Grade A, B, C • Check History - How many hours they practice in a week? – Group A: Roughly 4 hours a day – Group B: Roughly 2 hours a day – Group C: Less than an hour a day • Important: There were no exceptions to this rule, both ways – Nobody who practiced 4+ hours a day went to B / C – Nobody in A practiced < 4 hours a dayCopyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  9. 9. But, Is Practice Enough? • Car Driving for more than 10,000 hours is not equal to Cricket practice for more than 10,000 hours • Why? – Autopilot mode • OK Plateau – Once you get there, you can’t come back – This term comes from Joshua Foers book, “Moon Walking With Einstein"Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  10. 10. How To Come Out Of OK Plateau • 3 Stages of learning: – Cognitive – Associative – Autonomous • But Experts manage this differently – They are always looking for higher goals – They develop strategies for keeping out of autonomous stage • Example: Practicing something you already mastered Vs Practicing something where you fail often – Don’t confuse “Hitting the ball” with practiceCopyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  11. 11. Purposeful Practice • Matthew Syed uses the example of Roger Federer to explain this – You can imagine any sportsman you prefer – They make it look so easy, How? – Response Time – How do they get those precious extra milliseconds?Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  12. 12. Purposeful Practice (Contd) • Peripheral knowledge Vs Strong Experience in a domain – It comes only with purposeful practice • 10,000 hours of purposeful practice seems to be the magic formula • Going back to Agassi Example – If he was hitting the ball 1 Million times a year in the same manner again and again (auto pilot), we wouldn’t be talking about him today – He has seen 1 Million opportunities to understand how to handle a ballCopyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  13. 13. Few Questions • What is our 10,000 hour practice field (Domain)? – Personal – Professional • Where are we, in terms of the 10,000 hour goal? • Our Strengths / weaknesses? • Are those weaknesses because of “OK Plateau”? If yes, how can we break away from the Autonomous mode? • Are we doing purposeful practice in our field? For how long, when will we hit our 10,000 hour mark?Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  14. 14. Image / Video Credits • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Outliers.png • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Malcolmgladwell.jpg • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Joshua-foer-2007.png • http://www.openclipart.org/detail/147121/tennis-ball-by- netalloy • http://www.openclipart.org/detail/38197/-by-rejon-38197 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZqOLYE9aWg • http://www.andreagassi.com/ • http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/matthew-syed-author-of- bounce/ • http://collider.com/columbia-moonwalking-with-einstein/80897/ • http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/08/open- autobiography-andre-agassiCopyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information
  15. 15. Thank You • And, Good Luck! • Books Mentioned In This Presentation: – Open: http://goo.gl/1PBq4 – Outliers: http://goo.gl/2IcIG – Bounce: http://goo.gl/ZQ5f2 – Moon Walking With Einstein: http://goo.gl/oW0LQ • Psst: There is something common between these three authors, guess what?Copyright of CRMIT-© 2011. All rights reserved. Confidential Information

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