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Adding Up the Talent Hours

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Keep the vision: your child’s talent hours will add up (d) (Photo credit: Aaron Kyle)

If your child accumulated 300 days a year focused on developing some aspect of his talent for four hours a day, he would easily cross the 10,000 hours of training mark from age 12 to age 22. Consider that a traditional university degree will contribute only 2,400 hours (last two years of college) toward a specific talent, assuming of course he is able to study in a field that supports his talent goals directly. Consider also that the practice level needed to perform in an average middle class paying job probably only requires about 2,000 hours of focused learning vs. your child’s accumulated excellence of 10,000 hours.

Age 12 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 13 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 14 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 15 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 16 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 17 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 18 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 19 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 20 – 1,200 talent hrs

Age 21 – 1,200 talent hrs (college year 3)

Age 22 – 1,200 talent hrs (college year 4)

Total: 12,000 talent hours

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